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

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

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12...

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.