All About Guy Fieri

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All About Guy Fieri

Jennifer Fuerte, Staff Writer

Guy Fieri has been there for many stages of my life. I remember growing up as a kid and watching Guy Fieri on his most iconic show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives because my dad was beyond obsessed with it. Then, I became obsessed as well. Nowadays, I regularly watch all of his television shows. From Guy’s Groceries Games to Guy’s Ranch Kitchen, I’ve watched at least a season of each. In other words, I know what Flavortown is and how to get there. To better appreciate him, this will be an in-depth look at Guy Fieri’s beginning, life, and his shows.

Birth and Childhood

It all began on January 22, 1968, in the town of Columbus, Ohio. Guy Fieri was brought into this world  as Guy Ferry, by his parents Penelope Anne Price and Lewis James Ferry. Shortly, he moved to Ferndale, California and lived there for the majority of his childhood and student life. He went to a normal high school, but after attending a foreign exchange program in France, he became interested in cooking and food. His fascination with food put him on the career path to become a chef, and this was evident in his very first restaurant (if you could even call it one), the “Awesome Pretzel” cart. It was started by Fieri in fourth grade and money from this operation and from working as a busboy on the side helped finance his trip to France. From this point on, Fieri put himself on the career path for food, hoping that he would become a famous chef one day.

Student Life and Early Career

Once Fieri graduated high school, he moved to Nevada in order to attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After four grueling years of studying, he graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management. Although this was quite different from his original ambition of becoming a chef, this degree would allow him to have a variety of career paths revolving around food, which was most important to him. Additionally, the degree would allow him to work at Stouffer’s, a restaurant located in Long Beach, California, as the general manager. After three years at that location, he resigned and then became the district manager of Louise’s Trattoria, a small chain of fine dining Italian restaurants. However, it wasn’t long before Fieri decided that being a manager wasn’t enough.

In 1996, Fieri opened a restaurant called Johnny Garlic’s, a pasta restaurant, with his business partner Steve Gruber. This first restaurant would set off a chain reaction of four more restaurant openings under Fieri’s name. Along with these restaurants, he also opened Tex Wasabi’s, a barbecue and sushi restaurant, in 2003 in Santa Rosa. However, his most famous restaurant, Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar, would open later in 2011, after he started his television career.

Television Career and Fame

In 2006, Fieri participated in the second season of Food Network’s show, The Next Food Network Star, which gave the winner a chance at a television series. He won, and from this victory, Fieri was able to release a short six-episode season of Guy’s Big Bite, which is still running to this day. This one television series was the spark that lead him on a path of fame and notoriety to watchers of Food Network. It granted him the success and recognition needed in order to create the show that would define him as a person: Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.

Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives was a major turning point in his life because it made him exponentially more famous. The show attracted many more viewers (especially male viewers) to the television network, so in 2010, Food Network made Fieri the “face of the network,” which is evident in his frequent appearances on other television shows and in memes. His fame allowed him many more opportunities to work as hosts of food shows and game shows, and it allowed him to expand his restaurant business as a franchise on multiple cruise ships. To this day, Fieri has a net worth of $8.5 million dollars that continues to grow with his constant success.

Present Day

Today, Guy Fieri is known as a legend on Food Network among watchers and people of all ages: from my dad who has watched him since the beginning of his television career to me, a student fascinated with his shows and memeworthy existence. His television personality is captivating, and his ability to create iconic food-related catchphrases is brilliant. Most of all, he has good intentions and doesn’t hesitate to express that “food is a common denominator for all people”, regardless of the background we come from. Nonetheless, all fans of Guy Fieri can agree that he’s succeeded at bringing food lovers from all sides of the country together under one Flavortown sky.

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