What is The B-Team? We're Bobby's indispensable (he said it, not us!) assistants, working with him on books, recipes, TV shows, racehorses, product development, travel plans, and everything in between. We're constantly cooking, eating, traveling and eating some more. Read all about it!
The senior member of The B-Team, Stephanie Banyas has been Bobby’s business assistant since 1997. A fellow graduate of the French Culinary Institute, Stephanie is a recipe-writer extraordinaire and a bona-fide Super Taster. Stephanie has co-authored Bobby’s seven most recent cookbooks and is hard at work on number eight, the upcoming Brunch at Bobby’s. Stephanie, familiar to Throwdown fans as one of Bobby’s wise-cracking sidekicks, divides her time between her NYC apartment and her weekend getaway near Woodstock in upstate New York, where she can bake to her heart’s content.
Sally Jackson joined The B-Team in 2001, when she moved to NYC after graduating from Connecticut College with the ever-useful degree in English and Theater. After a stint as a hostess at Bolo (and a member of the theater company Eastcheap Rep), Sally moved into Bobby’s and Stephanie’s office, where she now spends much of her time managing the mountains of paperwork that accompany the mares, foals, stallions and racehorses that make up B. Flay Thoroughbreds. Her English degree does still come into play, as Sally has also contributed to seven of Bobby’s cookbooks, including the upcoming Brunch at Bobby’s. Sally lives in NYC with her husband, 2 year old son, and everyone’s favorite well-fed poodle, Maggie.
Having served her time in the kitchens of Bolo, Mesa Grill, and Bar Americain, Christine Sanchez’s latest incarnation in The B-Team began in 2011, as Bobby’s VP of Culinary Solutions. If it relates to one of Bobby’s segments on shows such as "Good Morning America," "The Today Show," or "Rachael Ray," you’d better believe that Christine, a graduate of Peter Kump’s (now Institute of Culinary Education), is on it! Her other pressing project: overseeing the design, production, and marketing of Bobby’s line of products for Kohl’s. Christine lives in Long Island with her 9 year old son, who is a fan of mom’s job – especially when it means a research trip to a Bobby’s Burger Palace.
After a successful tour of Japan as a singer and actor, Elyse Tirrell began her Bobby Flay career as a hostess at Bar Americain in 2008, and officially became a B-Team member in early 2012. A girl with many hats (worn at a jaunty angle, of course), our “Jimmie” is the master scheduler, maintaining Bobby’s ever-changing, always challenging, never empty calendar. Never without her phone or her tablet, Elyse also plays the roll of concierge, making reservations, hunting down elusive ingredients, and making sure Bobby is always caffeinated. Elyse, a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, also lives in NYC.