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Nine Reasons Why I Loathe Guy Fieri

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  • His hair is a hybrid between a Dragonball Z character, a Huntington Beach bro, and a pineapple--sloppy in a seemingly effortless way. Despite this, Fieri's goatee is oh so immaculately precious...

  • He might hit the diners and drive-ins, but where are the dives? Every episode features places packed with customers, and popularity does not a dive make. Fieri wouldn't know a true hole-in-the-wall if you dumped him in the middle of Little Saigon and spotted him the bánh and the mì.

  • He calls his own show Triple D--EGO EGO EGO.

  • Where are the ethnics? Nearly all the shows focus on American cuisine, and the few that do feature ethnic eateries make sure to highlight those where English is the primary language. Ignoring the ethnic eateries America has to offer is not only culinary foolishness, it also makes America seem as if we're in some American Third Position Party nightmare.

  • Despite this aversion to ethnics, Fieri had no problem guido-ing his name from the muy-WASPy Ferry.



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    Rumor has it he's featuring some Orange County places for the first time for a future show --this, in a county that's home to Little Saigon, Little Arabia, half of Mexico and a big chunk of expat Iran. Barely? Idiot.

  • Despite all his professed love for diners, drive-ins, and dives, Fieri films commercials for T.G.I. Friday's the only chain that can make Denny's seem as delicious as Ramos House Cafe.

  • When I invited him to hear us out on great places for his show, he never responded. Instead, Fieri decided to ride his star locally with the Orange County Register. Good luck with that!

  • A recipe called No Can Beato This Taquito--hey, Guy? I hear the California Coalition for Immigration Reform needs a cook for their next anti-Mexican fundraiser...

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sbaker515
sbaker515

I used to not like him to just cuz he looks like a tool...but his show is cool and he def has a little charm and a good sense of humour. Your article reeks of bitterness and stupidity-he changed his name to honor his grandfather, who anglicized it to Ferry when he came to america from italy. Sure he does focus more on american dives (wierd...since we are in america), but he does do plenty of ethnic eateries. You come off seeming ignorant because apparently any european based ethnic cuisine does not qualify because the people cooking it are not minorities. I live in NYC and love trying out new ethnic cuisines at hole in the wall type spots. Usually a lot of these places catee to their specific communities and a lot of the people themselves are recent immigrants who may not speak english that well. Unfortunatly, it would jot make good television to watch guy try and converse with some recent nepalese immigrant in hia pidgin english....just cuz guys a busy person and doesnt have time to talk to evey no name hack writer who cantacts him it doesnt make him a horrible man. You should try and take some of that passion you waste on hating a man you never met, and funnel it into your weak prose...it could use some work

Carrotsare
Carrotsare

Honestly it seems like you're not particularly mad at guy fieri for his show but rather mad at him for not responding to your shit

Cut31
Cut31

Sounds like a lot of you are very small minded and very envious.

Alex MacLean
Alex MacLean

I like him because he doesn't cater to p.c. hipsters and people who claim tofu is delicious. He can be annoying by speaking in dead cliches (bad boys, that's all she wrote - stop it!) but I think WYSIWYG. There are all kinds of ethnic food shows on The Food Network, at least in Canada, and Toronto has restaurants from every corner of the globe, so I don't need television to help me with that. I like that there's at least one foodnetwork.ca show committed to exploring the kinds of foods I grew up with - done right. Makes me want to go to the US on a road trip to places like Kentucky and Alabama I'd never previously considered.

Robert Fuller
Robert Fuller

I found this blog by chance. I won't be coming back. This is just bitter, humorless, puerile, and pointless whining about a guy who's way more successful than you.

John Velez
John Velez

DDD AND GUY'S BIG BITE ARE A AWESOME SHOWS

John Velez
John Velez

GUY FIERI IS THE MAN SO ALL U PEOPLE THAT DONT LIKE HIS SHOW OR HIM ARE JACKASS

John Velez
John Velez

I think all u people are stupid Guy Fieri is the best one on the cooking channle so if u dont like him fuck off he the man

Swissmiss
Swissmiss

Sometimes I've been intrigued by a particular place he visits and google it. A few times a blogger expresses amazement he would visit such a dive.

I used to watch him a lot, but they repeated his shows so many times I started realizing they were repeats and not new episodes.

I don't think he does commercials any more for TGI Fridays - at least not in my area. I have not seen one for a long time.

If the portions they show on the programs are accurate, it's no wonder so many Americans are fat. Wow. I hope these people take home left-overs for the next three days.

Susana Grabel
Susana Grabel

I watch DDD's every now and then but didn't consider myself much of a fan ... UNTIL ... I went to a taping for his new show on NBC, Minute to Win it. He's awesome live!! He has so much energy and seems really genuine. You guys have to give him a chance on this new show. The games seem fun, I tried one when I got home since the items you play with are things you have around the house. I did the cookie one - where you have to slide an oreo from your forehead to your mouth without touching it. I was hungry, which is prob why I chose that one. Anyway, at least check the show out so we can talk about it. I looked it up on NBC's website and it says it premieres March 14th at 7pm. Not a bad time slot. The games seem easy - anyone else try some? NBC posted a bunch of their games with instructions on how to play them. Kinda cool

Gustavo Arellano
Gustavo Arellano

Jumping: Yeah, we're questioning the Register's choice of restaurants. It's called the newspaper industry--get over it. And, again: did you actually read my piece? I never said Ferry doesn't highlight ethnic places; I said he doesn't do it enough to the point of ignorance. And go ahead and laugh at how ugly I am--doesn't change Ferry's appearance one bit.

Folks throwing out the bitter pill: I ain't!

Mick: No, I just really loathe some dude named Guy Fieri and he just happens to have a show where he commits all the sins I accuse him of.

Mick Foley
Mick Foley

One of the worst.articles.ever

Do you even watch the show?

ME
ME

Author sounds like he a bit jealous of the Triple D's fame.

Rg
Rg

Author sounds bitter

JumpingReader
JumpingReader

Seriously this is incredible. Look at what Mr. Arellano selectively responds to. He hardly makes mention of the real concerns of the commenters.

OCWeekly I would consider taking this post down and writing a redaction or apology. It's very easy to see that your "writer" here is bitter and holds resentment that Guy chose to get advice from the Registry...I know I will now be doing the same. Why would he even say "good luck with that"? Are you bashing the Registry's opinion on restaurants too? That's extremely classy of you.

Gustavo...please as a "journalist" get your facts straight prior to writing something like this. I don't have a full list of all the restaurants that Guy has visited but I do know a few great Mexican ones are...La Texanita in Santa Rosa, Los Taquitos in Phoenix, Los Tapatios in San Jose or Tecolote Cafe in Santa Fe. Those are only ones I can vouch for and can remember. Another fantastic place that the show turned me onto is Chino Bandido in Phoenix. That place is the ultimate in ethic eateries...I don't know if I've ever been a better mix of different cuisines. http://www.chinobandido.com/

...and I would have never known about it if it was for Diner's, Drive-Ins and Dives.

And just as a note...for someone that makes so much fun of someone elses look, I would recommend being more of a stud myself than this:http://blogs.westword.com/late...

Goodbye OCWeekly...you can find me over at the Orange County Register if you're looking.

Gustavo Arellano
Gustavo Arellano

Waste: As long as you're reading what I write, I really don't care what you think. Gracias!

Tim: To a certain extent. As I said above, his knowledge of Mexican food doesn't go beyond the combo plate.

Dr: Never said I'm a handsome guy, and doesn't somehow eliminate my point.

Ehhh: Douche.

Rich: No.

Rich
Rich

Arellano, get over yourself.

Ehhhh
Ehhhh

No one cares about any of this besides Mexicans apparently. There are plenty of shows that feature ethnic cuisine... we don't need another. I like D,D,D because it shows me different places I can go when I road trip. I want to eat the local "culture", not some bodega food.

DrKong
DrKong

Why talk smack about someones "look" when your own is pathetic? Jeez...

Tim
Tim

While I agree his personal style is lame, whenever he spotlights local philly area spots he always picks winners. The man knows food and he knows whats good. If he's not highlighting the food and places you think should be highlighted, start your own show. Just because he looks and acts weird isn't a good reason to trash the guy.

waste-of-time
waste-of-time

You absolutely ruin all your credibility when you mention Fieri talking to the OC Register. If you hate Fieri so much, why would you reach out to him in the first place?

The rest of digg (which is linked under your article) not only disagrees with your story, but thinks you are the douche bag.

http://digg.com/food_drink/Nin...

eros
eros

I don't believe that what you said to Observer has anything to do with what I said, but whatever. I just can't believe that you get paid to be such a child. Maybe the OC will have a headline article "Nine Reasons Why I Loathe Gustavo Arellano" and they'll win more readership. LMAO!

Gustavo Arellano
Gustavo Arellano

Dan: If what you say is true, good for Ferry, as Paul's is a damn good place...but at least he should pair that with a trip to Little Saigon, no?

Observer: Betrayed? Oh, please. I'm more than happy sharing my finds with OC readers and OC readers alone!

Bethy: HA!

Eros: Read what I said to Observer.

eros
eros

Bitter much? It seems like the purpose of this article, while seemingly to "educate" the public, is more about spreading hatred and stirring up trouble. Maybe your future articles could do something more worthwhile in this world? And "guidoing" is still inappropriate, even if you try to justify it by saying "Shut up, whiner. If you actually read this blog, you'll know I ridicule wabs more than any other ethnicity". You sound like a spoiled child.

Bethy
Bethy

I believe his hair style was modeled after Heat Miser on Rudolph.

GG
GG

Sorry dude, Guy does not get to choose where he does his shows. The Food Network has their own research crew.

Observer
Observer

You sir are a joke. How you are employed to write your opinion and publish it is beyond me. While I may agree with a lot of what is said here as far as Guy's behavior and style (hair, sunglasses, shirts, tan, etc.) and I'll admit to not being a huge fan, I do feel that his show is entertaining (even if it is self-nicknamed Triple D). Not only does he widen middle-America's knowledge of eateries (and does in fact touch upon great ethic spots at times) but he brings attention to local "mom and pop" places that would never have a chance otherwise to get that opportunity. I am not coming to the defense of Mr. Fieri as he gets on my nerves at times too but he does what he does and how he does it to please the highest number of people. Sure that is going to turn some off but rest assured they've punched the numbers.

Obviously until you felt "betrayed" by him not returning your call you had a different opinion of him. Why you feel the need to now publicly degrade him for your hurt feelings is beyond me. You self admittedly watch the show a lot, meaning you like it and you felt well enough of Guy and his show beforehand to try and speak with him and offer your wonderful ideas as to where he should explore in your neck of the woods. I'll bet had he taken you up on your suggestions you wouldn't have had your little heart broken and this post would have been quite different.

You sir are just as egotistical as you accuse him of being. Might it ever have crossed your mind that possibly his producers do whatever research for a given region much in advance and probably couldn't add locations on a whim even if they wanted to? Just because you feel that your opinion matters more than another publications is no reason to publicly "loathe" someone.

I really can not get over the fact that any editor or whomever allows posts like this to be written. You sound like an 8th grade girl that was in love with the popular kid but he didn't ask you to the dance so you decide to take a Sharpie to the bathroom walls.

Get off your high horse and take your foot out of your mouth. You sound like an ass and you make this blog much less credible.

poppa154
poppa154

meet him in vegas few years back great guy and funny as hell....just hope he bring his show north or the boarder mainly to toronto

Dan
Dan

He taped a Paul's Coffee Shop in Fountain Valley the other day.

Gustavo Arellano
Gustavo Arellano

MP: You might be Mexican, but can you read? I never said Ferry didn't; I said he didn't do it enough. Comprendes, Mendez?

Dan: Uh, no.

Dan
Dan

Fieri is lame, but lol@ Gustavo getting all butthurt. Whining and complaining after he ignored you. lol

mp
mp

His show is great, you obviously are racist yourself because he has gone to some pretty authenic Mexican eateries. Being Mexican myself I am ashamed of "Bloggers" like you who will find a platorm to make issues where they are not warranted.

Gustavo Arellano
Gustavo Arellano

Dan: So who cares that Ferry is popular?

PSS: HAHAHAHAHA! But, thankfully, no...

Eddie: Yea!!

LJ: Shut up, whiner. If you actually read this blog, you'll know I ridicule wabs more than any other ethnicity.

LJ
LJ

"Despite this aversion to ethnics, Fieri had no problem guido-ing his name from the muy-WASPy Ferry."

Guido-ing? Nice. I guess the only culture that deserves respect is yours.

Guest
Guest

I just checked his Wikipedia entry after I was interested about his name change. Now nice it was to also learn that, apparently, he is something else?It may be adjusted soon, so I took a screenshot:

http://i46.tinypic.com/2drwbpl...

Eddie Lin
Eddie Lin

Regardless of Guy's fashion and culinary sensibilities (I agree with Gustavo, for the record), I can't understand the logic in Guy's show consulting the OC Register for the ins and outs of OC's diners, drive-ins and dives. Everyone knows that Gustavo, Edwin Goei and the rest of the OC Weekly food crew own that category. It doesn't make any sense...um, unless Gustavo asked to consult on the triple D show AFTER he published this piece. No big deal, I'd rather see Gustavo showing Tony Bourdain around Lil' Saigon anyhow.

PSS
PSS

Father Ramos House Cafe?

DanGarion
DanGarion

Regardless of the opinions in this blog, it sure seems that someone likes the show, since it is still on the air and thousands of people want to watch his live show...

And to the person that mentioned menudo, sorry the thought of eating tripe just isn't relaly high on my list. And yes I've had menudo in the past, it's just not my thing.

alosha7777
alosha7777

This

"And if you can't communicate, then find someone who is a bridge"

is exactly what I said right in the middle of my first paragraph. I agree. Yet I still don't know how that would translate to what HE does on THAT show.

I would love if they had a different host who was able to find a different format. But Fieri's show has a formula that plays out the same in every episode and that formula would not work well with these places. Find a different formula and a different host and maybe one day (god willing) we'll see these deserving spots on screen.

LB
LB

I love his show!!!!

Gustavo Arellano
Gustavo Arellano

Your beef: Regarding your comment about the flame shirts and Club Rubber-HAHAHA!

Melissa: You're bringing up the biggest excuse I hear, and it's a bullshit one. First, it presumes that the ethnic restaurants know no English whatsoever, which is usually a lie. Even if so, you can still communicate with people--look at Huell Howser. And if you can't communicate, then find someone who is a bridge. That is the genius of Bourdain and Zimmern--they're not so arrogant that they can find great things on their own, they almost always have someone local explain everything. Fieri, on the other hand, seems to want to be the explainer--fine, but that severely limits the show's reach.

alosha7777
alosha7777

"When I want to see true ethnic eating I watch Anthony Bourdain and hope he gets a little drunk."

Mmmm me too. :P

Your beef
Your beef

I get your beef, but I still love the show. That hair is a cross between a cupie doll and a troll and in a shade of lemon that any hairdresser would be ashamed of. The clothes and the glasses are ridiculous, but he is very wardrobe consistent. I haven�t seen that many flame shirts since club rubber.

This show is made for Middle America folks who roll off their couches and hit Peg�s Diner weekly. It is gluttonous fried, meat, extra cheese and huge portions. It is heavy on diners and I don�t mind he seems to skip over every ethnic cuisine out there. Kids can watch this show and it reminds me of family outings going to get root beer floats and cheese burgers, because my regular food was always usually ethnic. When I want to see true ethnic eating I watch Anthony Bourdain and hope he gets a little drunk.

alosha7777
alosha7777

Something did occur to me last night. If he did visit, say, Banh Mi Che Cali (good example? maybe?), how in the world would he go in the back and cook with them and show the food? They wouldn't be able to communicate. They'd have to bring in someone to help...? I mean, I hate - HATE - that they can't highlight these places, and yet it hit me how horribly the real Little Saigon and Santa Ana spots (or any of the fine Korean or Thai joints here in OC) would translate to the format of the show. Or translate to TV at all, for that matter. It sucks, but what's the solution?

Also, let me say that I actually kind of like the guy a lot more than most of the FN crew. Because he's one of the only people that seems like he would be fun in person. Also, on his show Guy's Big Bite, he's annoying, yes. And he says "these bad boys" so much I'd like to smack the words out of his vocabulary. But he's also shockingly informative. He actually attempts to teach about the food and why he is doing what he's doing to it. The more famous ones don't do that. At all. Ever. They just say stupid shit like "add XXX and it makes it so creamy/tasty/tangy blah blah blah." Ugh.

Gustavo Arellano
Gustavo Arellano

Dave: Au contraire! The original picture I had was a long-frame shot that reduced him to a speck as he mugged in front of his massive bus, but I guess I couldn't use that shot. My apologies for ruining your day!!!

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

You blatantly ignored my request for a picture of him that did not feature his body hair. GAH.

tvrmx, we already have a guide to the b� m�r� and mole. It's called the food section of this fine publication. :)

He has a game show now. I threw up a little bit in my mouth.

Gustavo Arellano
Gustavo Arellano

Dan: I have watched the show for a while, and that's what led me to write this post. I never said he doesn't do some ethnic spots, but they're of the "safe" kind for him and his viewers. On Facebook, a chef friend of mine from San Diego laughed that, of all the Mexican places Ferry could've picked in that town, he picked a tourist trap. REAL divey there!

Priscilla: I must've missed that one--what a douche! So he slobbers over grease bombs, yet can't down menudo? Hell, the whitest man on Earth, Huell Howser, once did a segment on menudo and LOVED it. Not saying everyone has to love it, but when you're supposed to be an ambassador to food, have some respect...

Colony: Yeah, but I'm sure those restaurant owners would think differently...see you there soon!

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