Bobby Flay’s Mystery Girlfriend Identified as Christina Pérez After Making Public Debut Together at Horse Race

Bobby Flay celebrating for Pizza Bianca, winner of The Breeders 'Juvenile Lawn Fillies Cup at Breeders' Cup Championship Friday at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on Nov 5, 2021: Del Mar, California.

Bobby Flay celebrating for Pizza Bianca, winner of the Breeders ‘Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at the Breeders’ Cup Championship on Friday at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on November 5, 2021: Del Mar, California.

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Bobby Flay has a new flame!

PEOPLE can confirm that the 56-year-old Food Network star is dating writer Christina Pérez.

A source says that Pérez, 40, is a “smart, sweet and elegant” woman.

The pair made their public debut on November 5 at the 2021 Breeders Cup World Championship at Del Mar Racetrack in California, where Flay’s horse, Pizza Bianca, finished first.

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After the race, Flay said it was “a dream come true” to share the experience with his family and friends, including his girlfriend, who was not identified at the time.

Bobby Flay celebrating for Pizza Bianca, winner of The Breeders 'Juvenile Turf Fillies Cup at Breeders' Cup Championship Friday at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on Nov 5, 2021: Del Mar, California.

Bobby Flay celebrating for Pizza Bianca, winner of the Breeders ‘Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at the Breeders’ Cup Championship on Friday at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on November 5, 2021: Del Mar, California.

Bill Denver / CSM / Sipa United States

Pérez is currently Senior Director of Content and Creativity at a company that sells premium THC and CBD products called Miss Grass. The editor and writer was on the staff of Glamor, fashion, and Lucky and has published his work in various media such as Condé Nast Traveler, GQ, She, Fashion, and harper’s bazaar.

Though it’s unclear how long they’ve been together, Pérez did share a photo carousel on Instagram in September of a trip to Italy with her new boyfriend.

During an appearance in September in Today, host Savannah Guthrie interrupted an on-air cooking demonstration to ask Flay, “Who’s your girlfriend?” At the time, the celebrity chef chose to “keep it nameless.”

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In October, Today Hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager also asked Flay to share details about his then anonymous partner, but he once again declined.

“I mentioned that I have a new girlfriend and that she doesn’t eat meat,” the star said in reference to her appearance in September, “and of course I was making vegetarian chili, and the chili went out the window.”

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