10 Things You Didn’t Know About Guy Fieri

by in Food Network Chef, November 15th, 2013

10 Things You Didn't Know About Guy FieriYou know him for his trademark bleached hair, for flame-covered cooking gear, and, of course, his monster hit shows Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy’s Big Bite and now Guy’s Grocery Games. But there’s plenty more that you don’t know about his royal dudeness, Guy Fieri. Read on to discover a few surprising insights the Food Network star shared during his cooking demo at this year’s New York City Wine & Food Festival.

1. He doesn’t believe in kid-friendly recipes. “What do your kids like to eat? That’s a good kid-friendly recipe,” he says. Even better: Ask them to help in the kitchen. “Get them involved with whatever you cook. Let them feel something!” It’ll turn picky eaters into enthusiastic ones, Guy says.

2. He’d take a wok over the grill any day. “The wok is one of my favorite things to work with when I’m camping,” he says. “Outdoor cooking is not just about hot dogs and hamburgers. There are so many styles of food you can make.”

3. His son Hunter is a better baker than he is. While son Ryder’s life revolves strictly around pizza, his eldest, Hunter, is more ambitious in the kitchen. “Hunter cooks a lot; he gets into it,” he says. “And he really likes to bake.” As for Guy: “I can’t bake anything. I’m the worst. My cakes always come out flat.”

4. His parents were hippies. “My parents were all into macrobiotic cooking and natural cooking, and my sister was a vegetarian. I wasn’t down with that,” he says. His picks? Meatballs, pork chops, chicken Parm and steak.

5. He’s got a man crush on Masaharu Morimoto. “Of all the great people I’ve met in my life, he is one of the most gracious and caring. And man — he puts on a party,” he says. “If you haven’t tried his food, it’s out of bounds.”

6. He’s a fierce canner. Just before summer ends, Guy gets down and dirty bringing his garden (yes, he has a garden!) into his kitchen. Bell peppers are a particular favorite to preserve, and “they work nicely” for canning. “It costs so much to buy them roasted in the jar, especially off-season. You’ll save so much money by canning them yourself,” he says.

7. He loves Asian cooking. He’s known for his Donkey sauce at his restaurant, Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, but Guy goes Eastern when at home. “My favorite of all Asian sauces and condiments is sambal oelek. It has a nice chile flavor, but it’s not super spicy,” he says. Another go-to: oyster sauce. “It’s like ancient barbecue sauce. It’s excellent and coats food really well.”

8. He’s a cilantro fan. Unlike Food Network host Ina Garten (who notoriously hates this “soapy” herb), Guy says it’s one of his “favorite, favorite herbs.”

9. He watches Food Network. “I love Iron Chef and I love Chopped. I watch both of them. I think it is crazy what those chefs go through,” he says.

10. He knew he wanted to be a chef since he was a kid. A staunch carnivore from the start, Guy constantly battled with his veggie-loving mom. Things came to a head when he was 10 years old. Exasperated, his mother inadvertently gave him the green light: “If you don’t like the way I cook, then you cook,” Guy remembers her saying. That same day, he rode his bike to the local grocery store, put a few steaks on the family tab and got to work. “My dad said, ‘This might be the best steak I’ve ever had in my life.’ And that was it. I knew I wanted to be a chef.”

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Comments (30)

  1. Mary says:

    I love tripleD and Guy Fieri! Seriously I could watch him eat a rock, he's just so happy and fun makes everything he eats look fantastic except maybe the frog legs not going there…

  2. @MissKariW says:

    So…now I have to know…HOW do I can my own peppers? Do I roast them first?

  3. aaronwstockton says:

    10 things you don't know about Guy makes comment about his hair color but not why. The story I heard is a bet was made with several friends; the loser had to shave his head. Guy lost the bet, but refused to shave his head, instead he bleached it, liked it & kept the color

  4. guest says:

    I wish I could find recipes that were featured on the show. This is the most confusing web site I have been to. Please list all recipes that were featured on the show in one place! I find myself just exiting rather than go here and then go there on your website.

    It needs to be more user friendly.

  5. www says:

    This is a good article as read. Stimulating to read more of your articles. Keep up the good work hope more excellent articles from you soon. Great article!

  6. Jack B. Quick says:

    You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil has to be led.

  7. Wade Russell says:

    I'd love to know if Guy Fieri rides a Harley in his spare time. He seems like someone who'd be a good biker Bud.

  8. Terry Reiser says:

    Dear Mr. Fieri: Love your shows and the many places you go to. I was just to Mason City, Iowa and stopped by a place called, Grandma Sugar's Cupcakery and had the best cupcake I've ever had. You might want to check it out if you are ever in Mason City.

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