Over the past two days, the now-infamous New York Times review of Guy Fieri's new 500 seat Times Square restaurant Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar caught fire across the Twittersphere, blogs, morning shows and even David Letterman's Top 10, but the boisterous, spike-coiffed chef remained uncharacteristically silent, until now.
Fieri said in a statement released by his PR reps:
Celebrity chef Guy Fieri is no stranger to jabs at his over-the-top persona. From his first appearances as a contestant on "The Next Food Network Star" to his cross-country speaking tours and swelling empire of restaurants across California and on Carnival Cruise Lines, the spike-haired, flame-shirted, gravel-voiced 44-year-old has been a ubiquitous and polarizing presence on the American culinary (or in Fierian parlance, "kulinary") scene.
Fieri has taken his share of heat from comics, fellow chefs and critics alike for his bombastic delivery and monumentally macho food fixations - but perhaps never so pointedly and deftly as in New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells' review of Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square.
"I'm going to destroy the mother*@$&#@."
That's roughly all of last night's roast of Anthony Bourdain that we can share and not get a phone call from our lawyers (or possibly our moms). The epithet was delivered by Bourdain's close friend, chef Eric Ripert on the red carpet of a New York City Wine & Food Festival event at which fellow chefs and acid-tongued comedians took turns dicing up the cantankerous chef/author/TV host/pot-stirrer/traveler - all in the name of charity.
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In case you've been living under, like, a grill or smoker or something and don't automatically recognize those signature spiky, golden locks, this here is self-professed "kulinary gangsta" (there's a tattoo) and celebrity chef Guy Fieri - host of Food Network’s wildly popular series “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and NBC’s prime-time game show “Minute to Win It.”
So - how does one exactly win over the stomach of his Honorable Dude-liness? Read on, brah.
The Top Five Things I Look for in a Good Diner, Drive-In or Dive: Guy Fieri
Chef, television host and professional word-maker-upper Guy Fieri sees "Minute to Win It" - returns for three holiday-themed episodes on NBC starting December 7 - as a victory for the common man, saying "It's a life-changing show where you don't have to be a Rhodes scholar or muscle man to play."
Guy Fieri: man of the people. If the people reeeeaaaaallllly like hair gel and kreative, kopious use of the letter "K." ("Kulinary Kweens" - really?)
James Dinan serves up the full story at the Marquee Blog