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Bobby Flay is serving up some fatherly pride!
On Monday, the Food Network star, 58, shared a photo of his 26-year-old daughter, Sophie, while she was on assignment for Los Angeles ABC 7, where she works as a community reporter.
In two side-by-side photos, Bobby shared one of Sophie next to the brothers' new star, and one of her as a teenager attending a Jonas Brothers concert.
"The pic on the left is about 13 years ago when I was able to score 2 tickets to the @jonasbrothers concert in the Bahamas for my daughter @abc7sophie and her friend," he wrote about his only child, whom he shares with ex-wife Kate Connelly. "They got to meet the brothers who were such wonderful, sweet boys. The photo on the right is from today. The @jonasbrothers were awarded a star on Hollywood boulevard and Sophie covered it for @abc7la . #fullcirclemoment"
"Hollywood blvd was BURNING UP today folks," Sophie commented on her dad's post.
In 2015, Bobby became the first chef to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — with Sophie by his side. Sophie gave a sweet speech and Bobby gave her an equally sweet shoutout.
"I need to dedicate this truly honorable moment to the most important person in my life, my daughter Sophie," he said at the time. "I look forward to watching you build your own star – the star of life, passion and happiness, because really what more can we ask for?"
Sophie has worked at ABC 7 since March 2019, where she typically covers LA's Silver Lake neighborhood and other adjacent communities, according to her bio on the station's website.
The University of Southern California grad, who is also an adjunct professor at the school's Annenberg School of Communication, recently happily reported the inroads she's making as a journalist. On Instagram earlier this month, she shared a "come to work with me" video as she did a live stand-up in the newsroom — only her second time doing so.
"Who is this amazing young professional journalist?!" her dad wrote in the comments.
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The father and daughter share a close bond — and they also have a mutual appreciation for good food.
On their Food Network series Bobby and Sophie on the Coast, the two travel across California on a mouth-watering search for the region's best fare.
But whether she's helping him seek out LA's best Thai food or fulfilling the daily demands of her reporting job, Bobby says he's enjoying Sophie's accomplishments.
"I'm a lucky dad because I have an ongoing flow of pride watching Sophie do so well in her career," the Beat Bobby Flay star told PEOPLE in January 2021. "She has this great work ethic. I'm watching her just rise to the challenges of being in her own career, and she's doing it through basically what I did, which was hard work. So when she puts out a story, my chest is big because I'm like, 'That's amazing. This is my kid.' "