7 Things You Might Not Know About Guy Fieri

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Guy Fieri is best-known as a television host for programs on the Food Network, including ‘Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives’. His trademark platinum hair and bubbly personality make him stand out against other American food show hosts. In recent years, he has risen to prominence, so most people are aware of his existence. However, there are probably many things that you do not know about this television personality. Here are seven things you might not know about Guy Fieri.

  1. He Changed His Name

Guy Fieri was born as Guy Ferry. When he married his wife Lori in 1995, he changed his surname to the way his family traditionally spelled the name. It is pronounced ‘FEE-eddy’ as this is the Italian pronunciation.

  1. His Sister Died of Cancer

As a child, Fieri’s sister battled with cancer. Sadly, the cancer returned in her adulthood. At the age of 38, she was diagnosed with metastic melanoma and died within a year. Guy Fieri believes that his sister’s death has changed the way he thinks about life.

  1. He Was Passionate About Food from Childhood

Guy Fieri has always been passionate about food and began cooking as a child. He even had his own pretzel cart as a teen. While at high school, he studied in France for a year and stayed in a boarding house. The cook there was so terrible that it made him determined to get into the food industry and deliver decent food.

  1. He Didn’t Want Platinum Hair

Fieri’s platinum hairstyle was not the style of his choice. He always wore his hair long and this was distressing his hairdresser. In the end, he told her to do whatever she wanted. She chopped off his locks and dyed them platinum. Although he was shocked at first, he is now accustomed to the colour and this is now his signature look.

  1. His Favourite Snack His Apple Wrapped in Salami

The TV host has described his favourite snack as the poor man’s prosciutto and melon. As a child, he would slice a Granny Smith Apple thinly and wrap it in salami. This is still one of his favourite snacks to this day.

  1. He is a Restauranteur

Most people think that Guy Fieri is simply a television host. However, he is actually a restauranteur with a long history in the industry. He first opened Johnny Garlic’s in Santa Rosa California in 1999. He has gone on to own several more restaurants in various locations in the United States and licenses out his name to restaurants.

  1. He Collects Classic Cars

Other than food, his main passion is cars. He owns several American classic cars, including a 1969 Chevrolet Impala SS and a 1968 Pontiac Firebird.

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My Favorite Programs on the Food Network

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Two of my favorite hobbies are cooking and watching the television. Therefore, it is no surprise that in the evenings I enjoy watching programs on the ‘Food Network’ as it combines two of my passions. There is a great array of programs to watch on this network and here are some of my favourites. 

Chopped

I love cooking competitions and this is one with a difference. The four contestants must prepare a dish using a set of specific ingredients. These are unusual combinations that you wouldn’t usually put together. The judges then eat the dishes made before leaving just three contestants to compete in the main course/ entree round of the contest. Again, someone is eliminated until there are just two contestants remaining to fight it out in the dessert round. The winner takes home a big money prize.

Iron Chef

Seven professional chefs compete in this televised cooking competition and it is currently one of my favourite shows on the Food Network. The chefs are given a specific theme or ingredient to use when preparing their dishes. The host then announces the winner of the challenge and names the chef who created the dishes he liked the least. The winner can choose one other competitor to battle it out with the losing chef in an extra challenge. The dishes these chefs then produce using the chosen ingredient is judged by the host and a guest judge. The chef who produces the best dish stays in the competition and the other goes home. 

Mystery Diners

This is one of those programs that has you shouting a the screen in disbelief. Restaurant owners contact the Mystery Diners team when they have concerns about their business or particular members of staff. The team sets up cameras around the restaurant to watch the staff during a typical service in an attempt to identify the problem. They also have an undercover server under the pretense of them undergoing training and mystery diners who eat in the restaurants. During the show, there are many shocking moments when restaurant owners see their staff stealing, not doing their work, stealing their customers and many other appalling acts. 

Restaurant Stakeout

Restaurant Stakeout is a very similar type of show to Mystery Diners in the sense that there are hidden cameras to identify the problems in a business. However, the focus is much more on identifying problems so that restaurant owners can make changes than on filming shocking behaviour and sacking staff. 

Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives

Also known as ‘Triple D’, this show features just one man on a mission to find the best places to eat in the United States. He visits a variety of venues across America that offer a wide range of cuisines. The owners of the establishment then prepare the host one or two of their specialties. This show gives me inspiration for new dishes, combinations, and flavours.