He's hugely successful - host of seven Food Network programs, owner and executive chef of 10 restaurants, and author of multiple cookbooks.
His recipes are accessible and while he's clearly a master chef, he makes it easy for the rest of us to grab some kitchen glory too.
I've always admired his relentless drive. He likes to win. Hello, who doesn't?
A high school drop out, Flay has realized a life that most of us dream about yet do nothing to attain. He's personable, gracious and charismatic and his favorite sandwich is made from leftover turkey.
I was pretty nervous about interviewing the Iron Chef, but he was really open and easy to talk with.
He's a regular guy and that's a major part of his appeal.