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Guy Fieri Hates That Flame Shirt

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Aug 17, 2020
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You may think of Guy Fieri as a Food Network star, but he thinks of himself more as a restaurateur. And he's been obsessed with finding success in food ever since he ran his own pretzel cart at age 10.

The money Guy earned from that cart helped him pay to study abroad (read: eat!) in France during high school. After that, he got a degree in hospitality and went to work in corporate kitchens. Eventually, he opened his own restaurants in northern California. "This is all I know,” says Guy. “I’ve only ever been in the restaurant business." (He even raised more than $20 million for restaurant workers affected by COVID-19 earlier this year.)

This week on The Sporkful, we talk food, business, and ambition with Guy Fieri. You probably know him from his TV shows — Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Guy's Grocery Games. Or maybe you remember Pete Wells's epically bad review of Guy's restaurant in New York City. But what you don’t know? The real Guy Fieri wants to open an all-organic restaurant. The real Guy Fieri hates that iconic bowling shirt with the flames. The real Guy Fieri feels like he’s always trying to keep up — and that it’s really hard to do so.

You’ll meet the real Guy — and he also shares the best business advice he ever got from his friend Sammy Hagar. Then he counsels Dan about how to start a pasta business.

 This episode contains explicit language.

Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

- "Diamond Cutter" by Marc Zazzaro

- "Simple Song" by Chris Bierden

- "Saturn Returns" by Kenneth J. Brahmstedt

- "Dusty Roads" by Cullen Fitzpatrick

Photo courtesy of Guy Fieri.

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