“Happy Birthday to this adorable one @soophly… 22 years ago today you let the world know you were here,” Flay captioned a photo of his only child, whom he had with second wife Kate Connelly. Sophie is a student at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication — and she even appears from time to time on her dad’s cooking shows, like Beat Bobby Flay.
Flay apologized for his mushiness in a second photo: “Sorry… it’s my girl’s 22nd birthday… there will be a few of these today. @soophly #happybirthday #worldchanger” It’s OK, Bobby. You’re allowed to get misty-eyed.
The third photo he shared showed an older Sophie sporting sunglasses. “Last one for my favorite girl in the world… teen time,” Flay wrote.
It’s not the first time Flay has raved about his daughter on social media. Back in March, his post in honor of International Women’s Day was a pic of Sophie with a loving caption: “Best daughter of all time.”
Flay clearly adores fatherhood. He told Rachael Ray in 2013, “I’m the pushover and [Sophie] kind of knows that, but I have to say to her credit, she makes parenting a lot easier than it could be because she’s a great kid.”
We think Bobby Flay is a pretty great papa too. And Sophie seems to agree. She posted a shot of her with her dad at a Knicks game back in November, and the likeness (especially that Flay smile) is undeniable.