Here’s something that may be obvious to anyone that’s watched Guy Fieri on the Food Network or on NBC’s “Minute to Win It” – he’s a really, really nice person. After all with a name like Guy, you have to learn to be personable. But this Guy has charm galore.
Guy Fieri – Not The Average Celebrity Chef
We were introduced to him, along with all the other foodie TV fanatics, when he took the title on “The Next Food Network Star” in 2006. From episode one, Fieri was the clear cut front-runner, perfectly primed to have a presence alongside Rachel Ray and Emeril Lagasse on the channel that made fancy food home chef-friendly. And no one seemed more likely to appeal to the next generation of epicureans, than the spiky-haired, tattooed hipster.
Sure the restaurateur and chef seemed destined to be a TV food personality on shows like “Diners, Drive-Ins and Drives.” But game show host? No one saw that coming – not even Guy.
Guy Fieri Never Dreamed of Being a Game Show Host
In a recent conference call interview, we asked him if he’d always dreamed of entering the hosting ranks alongside greats like Bob Barker and Monty Hall. He explained that it had not been part of his master plan, “I don’t know that I had actually saw myself being a game show host. But love Richard Dawson when he did ‘Family Feud.'”
So he was more than ecstatic to find himself standing on hallowed game show ground. He explained, “Recently we were shooting in… Hollywood at the studio where they shot ‘The Gong Show.’ And I thought, ‘How ironic that I always loved watching ‘The Gong Show’ and here I am on the same studio where they had shot it.'”
He went on to describe what attracts him to the job, “I always really got a kick out of the personalities and the energies. Now that it is happening and that I get a chance to host this show, I love it.”
Guy Fieri Wouldn’t Stand Up to the ‘Minute to Win It’ Challenges
Luckily for Fieri, he’s hosting “M2WI” not competing for the grand prize. He told us he’s not so great at the show’s challenges. “Let’s get really down to the basics on this. Now I’m not the greatest at the challenges. I’m a sports fan. I do play sports…. I love to see anything that involves $3 million in cash. But I got to be honest. The ping-pong ball ones really throw me… I couldn’t hit a ping pong ball with a paddle and it hits and curls and flips… they don’t make sense.”
So where would he excel as a contestant? That answer should be obvious to his diehard fans. “We’re always good with the food ones.”
Guy Fieri’s Family Plays “Minute to Win It”
And so, it seems, is the Fieri family. Guy recounted the activities at a recent gathering, “My boys, Hunter and Ryder love to play the games. Matter of fact on Hunter’s birthday… He could have any kind of birthday party he wanted to have. He had all his friends over. What did he want? He wants a ‘Minute To Win It’ birthday. Who ended up playing? Oh yes. My parents and the majority of the parents along with the kids all competed.”
Gather the family and play along when “Minute to Win It” on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m Central on NBC.