It all starts and ends with food for Guy Fieri, host of three shows on the channel where he got his start as winner of The Next Food Network Star competition. Since then, he has parlayed his talent into projects that appeal to virtually everyone. “It’s awesome that my shows are something that families can watch together, and I love being approached by and meetings fans of all ages,” says the man known for his spiked white hair.
Guy Ramsay Ferry was born in Ohio in 1968 and grew up in California. He dreamed of opening a pizza parlor with his grandfather, Giuseppe Fieri, whom he cooked with at a young age. He started a soft pretzel business at age 10 and earned enough to study in France, finishing his education at UNLV before opening his first restaurant, Johnny Garlic’s, in Santa Rosa. He has remained in Northern California with his wife Lori and sons, Hunter and Ryder.
It would seem like Fieri has covered all the bases, but he keeps finding more to do. He’s now hosting NBC’s Minute to Win It game show and continues to support worthy causes. He’s launched his "Cooking with Kids" initiative and the Awesome Pretzel Co. Project, which teaches young people how to run a business. He has also worked with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign in Los Angeles.
Now Fieri is concentrating on being an author. His first book, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives: An All-American Road Trip… with Recipes!, was a New York Times best seller (as was its sequel). Now comes Guy Fieri Food: Cookin' It, Livin' It, Lovin' It. To mark its release, the author is heading across the country on the Guy Fieri Food Tour (check guyfieri.com for dates), which will include live cooking events as well as a Minute to Win It challenge for the audience.
“This is my first cookbook,” says Fieri, “so it’s a big deal for me. I’m excited to share my recipes with my fans.”