Guy Fieri has been tooling around the country in his sweet sweet Camaro since 2007 for his long-running Food Network favorite, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. That’s 32 seasons of everyone’s favorite spiky-haired, backward-sunglasses-wearing host digging into an array of food trucks, mom and pop shops, and burger stands throughout the 50 states — over 1,200 of them so far and counting!
Yet somehow, he never seems to have a bad dining experience. How is that possible?
Firstly, for any given episode of Triple D, there’s an extensive vetting process. Fans of Fieri can submit their favorite eating spots to Diners, Drive-ins and Dives by email, while producers reach out to local food writers and grill them about which hometown favorites should be featured on the show. Using this method ensures the cream of any given restaurant scene rises to the top.
Keeping Fieri’s reviews purely positive is also a win-win for both the show and the restaurants that are featured on Triple D. Cheat Sheet explains that the producers of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives warn owners that their businesses will be forever changed, oftentimes upping profits by 200 percent.
But given the sheer number of establishments visited combined with the innumerable dishes sampled, it seems statistically impossible that Fieri hasn’t come across a less than wow-worthy dining experience in all of his years of culinary exploration.
As it turns out, Fieri is a fan of the old adage, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all” In an interview with The Sporkful, he told host Dan Pashman point-blank that if a meal doesn’t cut it for Fieri personally, the footage hits the cutting room floor and is never aired on the show.
Watch this video for why you’ll never see bad food on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives!
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