Bobby Flay's estranged wife claims she's the reason he's successful

May 21, 2015 at 12:50 p.m. ET
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Anybody who's ever had a hankering for a burger knows who celebrity chef Bobby Flay is. The guy's got dozens of restaurants, a cookware line and is pretty much on every food show ever produced. In short, the man is loaded. But, is it all because of his soon-to-be ex-wife, Stephanie March? She sure thinks so!

When Flay and March got married, unsurprisingly, there was a prenup. And now that the couple is soon-to-be divorced, March has filed documents to do away with said pesky prenup, because, as I said above, Flay is rich. Here's the thing, though: the reason March wants the prenup undone is because she claims she ought to be credited with a good chunk of his success. See, according to her, March was Flay's taste-tester.

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March claims her estranged husband told her she had "an amazing palate," and he would have her sample all of his dishes in their home and would keep or can them for his restaurants based on her opinion. March also says she was heavily involved in many of the design and music choices for his restaurants. And she also has told a judge that Flay's (now-closed) New York City tapas restaurant, Bolo, was her idea. Evidently, she had the suggestion while on a trip to Spain and had to convince her tapas-hating husband. The restaurant, despite its closed doors, wound up earning three stars from The New York Times.

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On the one hand, it's a little ridiculous for March — who's successful in her own right — to try to take credit for Flay's success. He is the chef, after all (and he's the one battling it out on all those Iron Chef challenges). But, on the other, wow. Flay — who, again, is super rich — really isn't leaving her much.

According to TMZ, March would be getting $5,000 a month from her ex, along with around $1 million from the sale of one of their properties. To the average person, that's a good chunk of change. But to someone whose ex is worth upward of $20 million, it's really not all that much — especially since he reportedly wasn't exactly the greatest husband.

Apparently, Flay is firm with where he and March are at legally — he doesn't want to give her another dime and he's sticking to the story that his business is such a success because of himself and himself only. But, even if that is the case, it seems like he could stand to spare a little more for someone he's been married to for 10 years. How does the saying go? Behind every great man is a great woman.

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If I were a betting woman, I'd say Flay would be a massive success with or without March, but I don't doubt that she did give her opinions to her husband and was on the receiving end of many of Flay's gripes, joys, and, of course, incredibly long hours and busy schedule. That's what married couples do, right? They support each other. And if that isn't worth more than $5,000 a month (in this case), I'm not sure what is.

Do you think Bobby Flay owes Stephanie March more than he's giving her?