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Guy Fieri, Chef, TV Host, Author, Restauranteur

Guy Fieri, Chef, TV Host, Author, Restauranteur 

Guy Fieri, host of Food Network’s top-rated show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, began his love affair with food at the age of ten, selling soft pretzels from “The Awesome Pretzel,” a three-wheeled bicycle cart he built with his father. By selling pretzels and washing dishes, Fieri earned enough money in six years to study abroad as an exchange student in Chantilly, France. There he gained a profound appreciation for international cuisine and the lifestyle associated with it. In 1996, Fieri launched his culinary career with business partner Steve Gruber, opening Johnny Garlic’s, his first restaurant, in hometown Santa Rosa, California.

Since the first Johnny Garlic’s, Fieri has gone on to create a culinary empire as a popular TV host, chef of six acclaimed restaurants, and New York Times’ best-selling cookbook author. In 2006, Fieri premiered his first show, Guy's Big Bite, on Food Network. Today, this “culinary rock star” also hosts top-rated Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and guest judges on Next Food Network Star. He also collaborates with Rachael Ray in the star-studded competition series, Rachael Vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-off, which premiered January 1, 2012 on Food Network.

Fieri attended University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management.


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