You can’t be active online and not have heard of Guy Fieri. Not only is he a very popular restaurateur but is also an author, game show host, and television personality. He was able to land his own The Food Network show following a successful appearance on the second season of “Next Food Network Star”Because of continuous success on television, he has hosted more than a dozen shows on The Food Network.
Today he is one of the most popular names from the channel and has used his brand to extend into merchandise, restaurants, sauces, etc. A line of “ghost” kitchens called Flavortown Kitchen with more than 170 locations in the United States has also borrowed his name.
Additionally, he co-owns a tequila company with Sammy Hagar called “Santo Tequila”.
He was born Guy Ramsay Ferry on January 22nd in Columbus, Ohio but grew up in a rural area of Humboldt County called “Ferndale” in Northern California. His parents, Penelope Anne and Lewis James Ferry owned a Western-style clothing store. He discovered his interest in food and cooking when he went to France as a foreign exchange student in high school. There he tasted the exquisite French cuisine first-hand and developed a passion for both enjoying the taste and creating it.
When Fieri was managing a restaurant in Long Beach, California, Lori, his now-wife, happened to visit it, and that’s how they met. They married in 1995 and have two sons together – Hunter and Ryder. He also changed his last name from “Ferry” to “Fieri” to pay homage to his grandfather, Giuseppe Fieri, who was an Italian immigrant and had Anglicized his surname upon his arrival in the States. The family currently resides in Santa Rosa, California.
Guy is also fond of collecting classic American cars. His collection includes, but is not limited to a 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle, a 1968 Pontiac Firebird, a 1976 Jeep CJ-5, a 1969 Chevrolet Impala SS, and a 1967 Chevrolet C10 pickup.Apart from this, he also owns a 450-acre ranch near Napa, California.
Fieri’s food career actually began very early when he ran a pretzel stand, Awesome Pretzel, and washed dishes. He not only earned some money but also helped finance his trip to France.After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management degree from the University of Nevada, he landed his first real job in Parker’s Lighthouse.
He quickly mastered the business and went on to manage six Louise’s Trattoria restaurant locations.Soon after, he opened up a restaurant of his own with Steve Gruber in Santa Rosa, California in 1996 and it was called “Johnny Garlic’s”. The franchise expanded to many locations in California and Guy continued to climb up the ladder of success even after finding stardom in the Food Network in the early 2000s.
In 2012, he took advantage of his fame and opened up “Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar” in New York City.Although Fieri was pretty popular, his restaurant had received severe criticism and eventually shut down in 2017 after a particularly infamous review by Pete Wells of The New York Times.
This didn’t stop Fieri from opening up more restaurants though. He went on to open more restaurants: Guy’s Burger Joint on Carnival cruise ships, Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen and Bar in Las Vegas, and Guy Fieri’s Baltimore Kitchen & Bar at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore.
His natural charisma and loud fashion sense made him a natural fit for television. His breakout came courtesy of The Next Food Network Star, which he won in 2006.In 2008, he and Marc Summers co-hosted Ultimate Recipe Showdown, which lasted for three seasons. In the following year, he and Marc launched Guy Off The Hook, but that series was later discontinued. In 2017, he hosted another series called Guy’s Family Road Trip, which also aired on the channel.
Despite owning a number of restaurant franchises, Guy has also worked in non-food-related roles on TV. In 2009, he made his debut as the host of the game show Minute to Win It. He’s since done his fair share of promoting various consumer products and services.He hosts “Guy’s Grocery Games” and is best known for being the longtime host of “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” on The Food Network.
In 2009, Fieri launched the Guy Fieri Roadshow. He performed at various food festivals across the US. In 2015, he officiated at the weddings of over 100 gay couples in Florida.
Worth a whopping $40 million, Guy is known internationally for his cheerful antics and pure drive to serve good food and energy to the people around him. He yearns $27 million and lives in a fabulous estate in Santa Rosa, California.
In March 2020, Guy and the National Restaurant Association launched a crowdfunding effort to help thousands of restaurant workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
Apart from satisfying the roles of a passion-driven restaurateur and taking his many franchises to the very top, Guy is a good-hearted man who has seen his fair share of hardships but has been able to overcome them and reward himself with tremendous success.