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 nine most recent cookbooks and is hard at work on number ten, the upcoming Bobby Flay Home. She has also authored Treat: 50 Recipes For No-Bake Marshmallow Treats and 150-Calorie Cocktails: All-Natural Drinks and Snacks. 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 with her cats Fred and Milly by her side.
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 eight of Bobby’s cookbooks, including the upcoming Bobby Flay Fit. Sally lives in NYC with her husband, 6 year old son, and 3 year old daughter.
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.