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Guy Fieri Christmas Special........................................

Can't believe I'm the 1st or only one to post this............(sorry for commercial)


It all seems pretty legit to me.

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  1. And I can't believe I just spent two minutes reading about it.

    Probably my least favorite person in the food business.

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    1. re: sandiasingh

      Just reading? You didn't watch the preview video? That's the best part!

      1. re: jrvedivici

        OK, OK. I got thru half of it. If I were to tell you what I really think, the mods would delete it, so all I'll say is I enjoy a little bit of schaudenfraud over people who disgust me.

        Oh lordy, what is this world coming to?

    2. On Guy's show, I give the credit to the crew who sleuth out the cool restaurants. I went to one in Ft. Worth, Freds Texas Café, that was roasting Hatch chilies the very next day, and I had a great day, soon after my move to Dallas.
      My respect for Guy dropped several notches when I learned he travels with a hair stylist, and has the convertible trailered to the locations where he pretends to arrive. In reality, he drives a Lamborghini, which, along with Porsches, are sometimes referred to as penis extenders.

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      1. re: Veggo

        He's been to a few of our local haunts too and when I see that huge poster announcing "Guy was here!" I almost turn around and walk out, but I'm usually with people who think it's cool and don't want to be a food "elitist," as I have been accused of in the past :-)

        It's surprising to me he hasn't been sued for sexual harassment. The man is a pig, sorry mods. But it needs to be said.

        1. re: sandiasingh

          I had that exact experience in the last week of seeing the sign and being immediately offput even though I know the food there is really good. I'm not even sure that the places are necessarily picked for being good, just good photo ops.

          1. re: sandiasingh

            Don't be so shitty to pigs. They, at least, bring us pleasure.

            1. re: sandiasingh

              A visit from GF can be a HUGE boost to the business. He's been to a number if local places and at least half of them still have lines out the door several years later. One place even saw enough of a sustained business increase that they were able to open a second (and larger) location!

              1. re: DiningDiva

                Two of the places I'm aware of were already quite busy and successful. A third may have been helped by his being there but their food's so drecky I'm surprised they've stayed in business for decades. They're the kinda place that has given Sysco such a bad rep :(

                1. re: DiningDiva

                  DD, it's refreshing that DD doesn't mean Debbie Downer, of which we have no shortage!

              2. re: Veggo

                The Camaro is a prop and not Guy's means of personal transportation.
                Welcome to television! Everyone has stylists-- they are packaging a product. Guy HAS to look a certain way.
                Guy spends the majority of his time on the road, so of course he's got his entourage with him. He's a major player.
                Guy, JLo, Beyonce...
                He's an entertainer, so why the shock?

                I also don't get knocking any place that has Guy's visage spray painted on it. It's not the mark of the devil!
                If you were a restauranteur that had an opportunity to boost your business by orders of magnitude by being featured on DDD, you'd be wise to take the opportunity by the horns.
                Those laurels upon which you think you'd rest upon do not pay the bills, or the staff.

                1. re: monavano

                  I enjoy the program and his enthusiastic fist bumps in the kitchen, and the ongoing benefit to the restaurants, absolutely.
                  I think he has become a bit cocky, not a quality I embrace.

                  1. re: Veggo

                    He's beyond cocky! When Guy likes a dish on DDD, he acts like he's giving the Good Housekeeping seal of approval.

                    1. re: monavano

                      Beyond the cockiness, I think he would be a fun guy to have a beer with. I have numerous similar friends, all fun. And the cool cars too, plus airplanes and boats!
                      Guy doesn't look like much of a golfer, though. Gong.

                      1. re: monavano

                        Actually monav, it is the DDD seal of approval the restaurants and joints are receiving from Guy and none of these places are on camera against their will.

                        1. re: HillJ

                          Never thought they were coerced in any way. As I wrote elsewhere in this thread, it's a good business decision to go on this show.
                          I just don't like how Guy can't just act as the foil for the chef/cook and acts like he knows every ingredient, technique and "secret ingredient". I think he should let the guests have their moment in the sun.
                          That's all.
                          In fact, I've stated that no one should eschew any place with Guy's stamp on it.

                          1. re: monavano

                            Oh no, monav..I wasn't suggesting you didn't. I should have added a smiley face, huh. I was being glib. Like jrv said, life's too short to hate on these folks. I don't understand the brow beating unless it's just the ole "they make a ton of dough, what gives" bs...

                            1. re: HillJ

                              Oh, HillJ, now I get it!
                              Same page!
                              Although, I do wonder if some of these DDD owners take a belt or two before the fun begins.

                              1. re: monavano

                                You mean to gear up/to be on camera? Sure! and a few after too! ha!

                                1. re: HillJ

                                  I've never been on camera*, but that doesn't stop me from having a belt or two before the fun begins!!!

                                  (*I was actually featured on Fox Business News "Happy Hour" at the Bull and Bear in the Waldorf Astoria. The general consensus of my performance was I have the PERFECT face for radio!!)

                                  1. re: jrvedivici

                                    Oh you're a riot! Studio work is fun, site work is a lot more fun. I use to scout locations while in Grad school and I had a blast.

                                    1. re: HillJ

                                      It was pretty cool actually, I was there with two of my managers and head waiter, I took them all to the Restaurant/Hospitality show at the Javit's center, then we had a few cocktails at the Bull and Bear before we went to dinner in the City.

                                      We started out just in the back ground of the hosts, while sitting at the bar for about a half hour. I text my kids to put the TV on, they recorded it on TIVO. Then during a commercial break the "producer/director" came up to us and said we looked good on camera, would we want to stand behind the next guest as they interviewed him. We said yes, and it was the guest and us standing in the immediate back ground. That lasted about 5-10 mins, the guest was the CEO of Pizza Hut if I recall correctly.

                                      Next thing you know the same producer came back over and asked me what we were doing there.....and I explained I owned a restaurant and we were at the exhibit etc. and she said, "Oh our next segment is where we interview people in the audience would you like to be interviewed?" Of course I said "Yes!!"

                                      So lights, camera, action..........I'm being interviewed about the convention, economy and the restaurant business in general. It was a good 2-3 minute infomercial for my restaurant. Fun times!

                  2. I guess I'm more drunk than usual at this hour of the morning, but you do realize that the best thing GF has ever done for this world is be available to be the subject of parody, right? I mean, there haven't really been 36 Coen Brothers movies with John Goodman, have there?

                    Nonetheless, that was one of the best bits I've seen on SNL since Miley hosted.

                    1. Dying of laughter, thanks for posting this! That was off the hook!

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                      1. re: coney with everything

                        I've already been warned about putting up my opinion of GF. Suffice to say in life there is always the lowest common denominator.

                        I'd rather eat a pubic hair in my war-won-ton then watch his show. And that's saying something. I once watched Robert Irvine for three minutes.

                        1. I hope that the people who are "hating" on Guy, and spewing venom his way, are directing it exclusively at his on-air personality "Guy Fieri," and not Guy Ferry, the off-air person.

                          Having bumped into the latter during a complete off-chance encounter, I can say he is quite personable, and generally a down-to-earth individual. Probably no better or worse an individual than anyone of us.

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                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Doesn't that go without saying? Maybe not. Hey, people judge him on the car he does or doesn't drive.

                            1. re: c oliver

                              we call those cars "trailer queens", BTW. Although, after taking our classic car to a show 5 hours away, I can understand not wanting to drive a 50 year old vehicle cross country!

                              They don't make them like they used to, and thank god for that.

                              1. re: coney with everything

                                Yep. Reno has a HUGE car show, Hot August Nights, and I'm guessing few of those cars get driven there.

                                1. re: c oliver

                                  I would love to go there some year, but not driving 2200 miles in a 66 Nova!

                                  Guy actually made an appearance at the Woodward Dream Cruise--my neck of the woods--also in August, a couple of years ago. But he just "appeared" with two of his Camaros and apparently didn't actually drive in it.

                            2. re: ipsedixit

                              Like so many of those in front of the camera, they are playing whatever role they need to. Personally, I find him as appealing as finger nails being run across a blackboard, but I don't hold that against the guy personally. (do they even have blackboards anymore?)

                              Someone cut me a check for the amount he makes per month, you can dye my hair purple, I will drive whatever car you want, and eat sh*t off whatever plate you put in front of my face. (ok, shit food)

                              It's been my discovery the older I get, life is too short to hate, just move on.

                              Peace Peeps!

                            3. I like Guy and I find this parody hilarious. It's a win/win situation for me. :)

                              1. I like DDD a lot.

                                I like seeing the cooks who've given up everything to open a small place in their neighborhood where they can put out quality food and live their passion, and who are rewarded with loyal customers. I've also been happy to visit a number of places he's profiled while on business trips.

                                As for Guy, I can see him not being one's cup of tea, but the deep offense some take to him I don't understand. He's a "big personality" and that's his t.v. schtick.

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                                1. re: EarlyBird

                                  "I like seeing the cooks who've given up everything to open a small place in their neighborhood where they can put out quality food and live their passion,"

                                  And I'm sure that is the case with some or even many of the places he visits. But the very few I'm familiar with that isn't the case. They were already really popular and two of them are in very "high rent" areas where the parking lots are full of luxury cars. And those two aren't remotely diners, driveins or dives. The third one likely qualifies as a diner, has meh food and has been around forever serving people who probably like meh food or they wouldn't keep coming back.

                                  1. re: c oliver

                                    See now my impression of DDD (and I haven't watched a ton of the shows by any means) was to say to a gal like me sitting in NJ, unfamiliar with a joint in Milwaukee, next time you find yourself in xyz town, head over to this joint for a great time and great grub and Guy eats his way through some of the popular menu items on camera to get me off my duff and over to Milwaukee.

                                    1. re: HillJ

                                      As I say, my input is purely anecdotal and quite limited.

                                      1. re: c oliver

                                        Mine too actually. I've not watched Guy's cooking shows, just caught a few commercials for episodes. But the few DDD I've seen parts of don't really strike me as cooking shows as much as travel food logs and I have been introduced to some great grub in unfamiliar 'lands' because of shows like DDD.

                                        1. re: HillJ

                                          The two nicer places that he's visited are so popular that you could probably stop anywhere in the area and ask for a rec and these would be mentioned. And, as I remarked, the third one is so meh that he's actually done a disservice in featuring it. Bob used to eat there in high school (he's 69 now!) so we went a few times for old time sake but it was always just SO ho-hum.

                                          1. re: c oliver

                                            Oh I hear ya, there are dozens of places in NJ that we could say the same. Hit or miss is the name of the game but I do like the hunt. Especially when I am visiting some place for the first time. Town pride, homegrown fans, people who love what they do..fun.

                                    2. re: c oliver

                                      personally- can't stand him at all. BUT he has succeeded by being the big pig in the room. and he has succeeded-just look at how many of us took the time to respond- he is definitely noticed(and after all- that is all television and business is interested in).

                                      1. re: 51rich

                                        I've actually never watched THIS show. I watched the previous/other one, where he cooked, and he was just too much for me to stomach. And not much of a cook IIRC. But then I no longer watch any cooking shows cause they've plunged in quality. IMO of course.

                                        1. re: c oliver

                                          I think DDD and GGG eclipse Guy's cooking shows. Being the MC is Guy's strong suit, whereas cooking in front of a camera, not so much, IMO.

                                  2. After he lost the fight to his hair stylist, I wonder who is maintaining the bean sprout look on his head ?

                                    I assume he will be crying again this Christmas, all the way to the bank.

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                                      1. re: sandiasingh

                                        And I feel the exact same way about her as I do Guy, maybe it's the hair!

                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                          I know! What is up with that? She gives me the heebie jeebies too :-)

                                          1. re: sandiasingh

                                            Need boxing lessons and a new stylist.

                                            1. re: SWISSAIRE

                                              Goodness... is that pasta, or angulas?

                                                1. re: SWISSAIRE

                                                  Whenever I see him on TV the only word that comes to mind is: 'Boystown'. Can't put my finger on it. Same goes for Al Gore.

                                    1. that sounds like an oxymoron to me. imho, nothing "special" about Guy Fieri. Does anyone remember him from his season on Next Food Network Star? He was pretty likeable back then, but either he "got made over" by TFN, or made himself over -- and lost me!

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                                        1. re: monavano

                                          He's always in the back kitchen nibbling away with his hands getting slimed up and heaping praise on the cook. It reminds me of a bum sneaking in the back door looking for free food.
                                          I can't recall him seated at a table with napkin, utensils, plated food, and a glass of water, maybe a fresh flower on the table.
                                          There's something about Lamborghini owners that makes me distrustful.

                                          1. re: Veggo

                                            Great observation. I too envision him as an elbows-on-the-table-open-mouth chewer.

                                            1. re: Veggo

                                              i don't know, i don't find fieri all that likeable, but him going in the kitchen is the premise of the show. if you don't like that premise, you won't like the show. and he often uses utensils there on plated food.
                                              a show seated at a table with a flower, etc., well, that's a different show. i'm sure there's one out there for you.

                                              as for the lamborghini owners, well, i feel the same way about people who drive four door chevrolets.
                                              ain't life funny?

                                              1. re: linus

                                                Indeed, I look equally askance at those who drive one or three door Chevrolets.
                                                If an orchid in a bud vase repels you, steer clear from Costa Rica.

                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                  guy couldnt have said it any better himself. kudos.

                                            2. re: monavano

                                              I think what annoys me the most about Guy is his constant look-how-cute-I-am mugging to the camera. Yuck

                                              1. re: coney with everything

                                                If you ARE good looking and know you are, that's one thing. But when you AREN'T and act like you are, yuck indeed :)

                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                  Is it cool if I am and everybody knows it I still but act like I'm not?

                                                  1. re: MGZ

                                                    That's the ultimate in cool! Me too :)

                                                    1. re: MGZ

                                                      This is a funny side bar in progress. I have a golf buddy in Denver who in his day had George Clooney good looks. Women would hit on him anywhere, even when he was with a date. When he married for the second time, he auctioned off the fish bowl where he had collected probably hundreds of cards, matchbooks, and contacts on scraps of paper, and donated the proceeds to charity.

                                                        1. re: MGZ

                                                          But then you never lived in Denver, either ... (j/k)

                                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                                            True. Plus, to be honest, I'm more Rusty Ryan than I am Danny Ocean. Besides, my first wife did things to my fish bowl that would've significantly reduced its auction value.

                                                        2. re: Veggo

                                                          "Hi, Sue? Hey......you don't know me, but you did know a friend of mine Joe. Well funny thing....Joe recently got married for a 2nd time, and well he auctioned off his lil black book, or fish bowl, as the case may be, and I was the high bidder!! So I was wondering....since I paid a good penny for your information if maybe we could pick up, where you and Joe left off............."

                                                          Is that how it went for the winning bidder?

                                                            1. re: MGZ

                                                              Ok! Then how much for your fish bowl MGZ? I bet it's more like a small swimming pool or Jacuzzi at least!

                                                              1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                I had to have a member of my staff salvage the pieces after Sandy flooded the spot that an angry old mistress buried the debris. After the torn pieces were carefully reassembled by a team of archaeologists from Brisbane, they were categorized by date, scanned, and put into a database. Christie's has, as of this morning, not submitted the auction value of the trove, but, if we ever get things straightened out at the Molly, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9282... , I'll meet you there for a drink and bring a pirated copy on a flash drive. OK?

                                                            2. re: jrvedivici

                                                              I dunno. But trust me, a LOT of single guys in Denver were glad to
                                                              learn he was out of the singles game. I didn't see what was deleted, but yes, he has a personality and humor to match.

                                                              1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                There in, followed by:

                                                                1. A loud whistle being blown at the other end.
                                                                2. A large Raspberry sound, also from the other end.
                                                                3. " .... ah, Hello ? Hello ? I think she hung up on me. " from your end.

                                                                1. re: SWISSAIRE

                                                                  Along a similar vein, vuvuzelas will mercifully not be permitted at the Olympics in Brazil.

                                                                  1. re: Veggo

                                                                    I actually had to google that one Veg, my mind was in an entirely different place. lol

                                                          1. re: c oliver

                                                            What if you have a very funny personality, and your looks match your personality? What then? Maybe this was the question that led to the "Unknown Comic" of 70's fame!

                                                        3. re: monavano

                                                          "He's a caricature of himself."

                                                          What celebrity these days isn't???

                                                      1. Everbody loves to hate a rich Guy.