Renowned chef, author, and TV host Guy Fieri is no stranger to the world of food. The founder of several restaurants, Fieri also happens to be a well-known TV personality, appearing on many shows, including Next Food Network Star, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy’s Grocery Games, and Guy’s Big Bite. He’s become such a recognizable star that ardent fans have begun to pick up on the chef’s nuances. In fact, these fans are so well-acquainted with his on screen persona that they even know how to spot when he dislikes something he’s eating.
As it turns out, Fieri doesn’t actually say it out loud when he’s not a fan of something he’s eaten. The chef is far more subtle with his ways when he’s on television. As explained by CheatSheet, Fieri doesn’t call out his problems with the dish. Instead, he starts naming the ingredients — which isn’t something he usually does on-screen.
According to one fan on Reddit, it’s quite easy to figure out when Fieri isn’t impressed:
“When Guy doesn’t like things, he gives the most generic descriptions possible. My favorites are ‘that’s pork alright’ and ‘you definitely cooked that chicken.'”
And how do you figure out that Fieri absolutely loves something? That one is easy, too. If the chef eats more than a couple of bites or even finishes a dish, he’s definitely impressed with it.
Aside from listing ingredients, Fieri opts for an easier fix when he’s exposed to really bad food: he simply doesn’t show it on TV. During an appearance on The Sporkful podcast, Fieri told host Dan Pashman that if the food is terrible, it just doesn’t make the cut. When Fieri was a guest on the podcast The Moment, host Brian Koppelman brought up how close fans can tell the difference between the chef being genuinely impressed with the food or simply polite.
Fieri explained that the chefs who’ve been following him for a long time will dig further if they get the sense he didn’t like their food. When the team takes a commercial break, they’ll ask Fieri about his thoughts on the dish and quickly catch on that he isn’t too impressed. And when they delve further into how they could improve, Fieri goes ahead and offers honest feedback:
“If they ask, I’ll tell ’em. I’ll say, ‘Listen, here’s the deal. You’ve got to treat the bun. You can’t take a bun out of the package [and] put it down.'”
Basically, Fieri’s goal is to help the chefs focus on the details of their dish. He explained:
“I’ve been around forever doing this, so I know where they’re going to miss it. And, I’m not there to tell them how to change their restaurant — that’s not my job. […] But if they ever ask, I always want to offer advice to them if I can, and help them out.”
As much as he may love what he eats on his shows, Fieri’s actual diet isn’t what’s visible on television. In an interview with Today, he said:
“While I do love great barbecue and a good burger, even on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, they don’t represent the majority of things I try.”
He added that he enjoys a variety of meals from different parts of the world, including vegetarian and even vegan dishes.
Asian food makes Fieri very happy, too, and one thing he absolutely loves is soy sauce, with Brussels sprouts coming in as a close second. The chef confessed:
“I’m not saying that I’m a vegetarian, but people would be surprised at the amount of plant-based foods that I eat.”
He said that he does love burgers, but prefers to enjoy those treats in moderation instead of over-indulging on rich, greasy food. By the way, Fieri’s family mostly sticks to nutritious meals, too, leaving room for the occasional cheat meal, of course.
As for the one food he absolutely detests eating? That would be eggs.
When he was a kid, Fieri got an unexpected glimpse into what grows inside of them, according to Cheatsheet. He said:
“When I was about ten years old, I came to a very clear understanding of how chickens grow — when we opened the egg.”
Yikes. Plus, he once had a hard-boiled egg with chalky yolk, which certainly solidified the reasoning behind why he can’t enjoy eating eggs.
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