Guy Fieri was born on January 22, 1968, and started his relationship with food at a really young age. In grade school, he sold pretzels from his “Awesome Pretzel” car, then worked at the restaurant at the Red Lion Inn in California, until he went to Las Vegas for college. Now, a restaurateur, author, and the winner of the Emmy Award as a television presenter, he co-owns three restaurants in California and is known for hosting many T.V. series on the Food Network channel. Join us as we celebrate his special day right here.
Born as Guy Ramsay Ferry on 22 January 1968 in Columbus, Ohio, to Penelope Anne and Lewis James Ferry, he grew up in Ferndale in Humboldt County, California. During grade school, he started his entrepreneurial journey by selling pretzels from his “Awesome Pretzel” cart and washing dishes to finance his trip to study in France. As a foreign exchange student there during high school, he developed his interest in food and cooking. On returning to the United States, he worked at the Red Lion Inn in Eureka, California, until he left for college in Las Vegas. Not long after graduating, he worked as manager of Parker’s Lighthouse restaurant in California. Three years after working in Southern California, he became district manager of Louise’s Trattoria, where he managed six locations along with recruiting and training for the restaurants.
With six years of professional experience behind him, in late 1996, he opened a restaurant along with his business associate Steve Gruber. They started Johnny Garlic’s in Santa Rosa, California, followed by three more in Windsor, Petaluma, and Roseville, in 1999, 2000, and 2008 respectively. The business partners then opened a restaurant called Johnny Garlic’s in a new form in Dublin, California in 2011. Fieri took the risk of opening a diner in New York City, considering that the Big Apple was the most competitive market for restaurants in the U.S. He named it “Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar” and it opened in 2012. The restaurant received negative press reviews with the “New York Times” bitterly criticizing the café’s opening. The diner was featured on the Top 100 Independent Restaurants in the “Restaurant Business’s listing” in terms of sales, Fieri decided to close his New York City restaurant at the end of 2017.
Simultaneously, as his restaurants opened up across the cities, he rose to fame as the star of “The Food Network.” On April 23, 2006, Fieri won the second season of “The Next Food Network Star,” he was awarded a six-episode own cooking show on Food Network which premiered on June 25, 2006. “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” his second series, premiered in April 2007 followed by “Ultimate Recipe Showdown,” co-hosted with Marc Summers, which debuted on February 17, 2008, and aired for three seasons. “Guy Off the Hook” debuted on September 14, 2008. In December 2009, Fieri hosted a game show “Minute to Win It,” which premiered in March 2010 and aired for two seasons. He then appeared on the reality series “Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off” in January 2012 followed by a second on January 6, 2013. “Guy’s Grocery Games,” started on October 27, 2013, and featured four cooks who battle through three rounds, and are judged by three judges. He’s authored multiple cookbooks such as “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (2008), “Guy Fieri Food: Cookin’ It, Livin’ It, Lovin’ It” (2011), “Guy on Fire” (2014), and “Guy Fieri Family Food” (2016).
Fieri first met Lori Brisson when she came into a restaurant that he was managing in Long Beach, California. They got married in 1995 and have two sons Hunter and Ryder. Fieri signed a three-year contract in May 2021 with The Food Network for an estimated $80 million.
He opens his first restaurant called Johnny Garlic’s in Santa Rosa, California.
He wins the second season of “The Next Food Network Star”’ on April 23, and is awarded his own cooking show, “Guy's Big Bite,” of six episodes on Food Network.
Based on his hit series, Fieri authors his first book called “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives: An All-American Road Trip … with Recipes!’’ in October, which takes the readers on a tour of the most colorful diners in America.
He wins his first ‘Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award’ in 2013 for ‘Outstanding Special Class Special’ — and gets nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards for ‘Outstanding Structured Reality Program’ for “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019.
Why We Love Guy Fieri
His 'conditioning' trick assists him with managing life's downs
Fieri wishes to pass down all kinds of skills to his kids. The biggest thing he wants them to learn is communicating effectively, which includes having the courage to speak up when they don't understand something and be able to cope with life's pitfalls, a technique that he refers to as ‘conditioning.’
His sister's battle with cancer changed his perspective on life
His sister beat childhood cancer, and at 38, she was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. She died one year later. Her battle made Fieri want to do everything to help other families affected by cancer, and so he invited ‘Make-A-Wish Foundation’ families to all of his Food Network show tapings. He insisted on bringing the entire family—not just the child battling cancer—so they don't feel left out.
He officiated 101 same-sex marriages
In 2015, Fieri officiated the wedding of well-known chef Art Smith at Miami Beach. The wedding included 101 same-sex couples and was held to celebrate the lift of the state ban on same-sex marriage by Florida's Supreme Court. The event was held in honor of his late sister, who was a lesbian.
5 Surprising Facts
His name wasn't always Fieri
Born as Guy Ferry, he changed his surname to Fieri when he got married in 1995 as an ode to Giuseppe Fieri, his paternal grandfather, an Italian immigrant, who had changed his surname when he entered the United States.
His Signature platinum locks were incidental
He rocked long hair for years and on one fine day, fed up with his hairdresser’s nagging to change his look, he asked her to do whatever she wanted and to his surprise, his hair was colored silver blonde.
Invention of the famous donkey sauce
The sauce was invented after Fieri insulted another chef and the name stuck.
Fieri doesn’t like eggs
Although he eats eggs every once in a while, Fieri isn't the biggest fan of eggs.
He has raised peacocks and goats
In 2020, Guy told “Vulture” that he owns peacocks at his California ranch to keep the rattlesnake population down.
Guy Fieri FAQs
Is Guy Fieri a billionaire?
As of 2021, his estimated net worth is approximately $25 million, which makes him the 20th richest celebrity chef in the world. He is known for his Emmy Award-winning TV series on the Food Network and he is the author of several “New York Times” bestselling cookbooks.
Does Guy Fieri have a private jet?
As his career flourished and he succeeded, he bought over 30 cars and his own private plane.
Who raised Jules Fieri?
Guy’s sister, Morgan, and her partner, Antepara, raised Jules together. After Morgan passed away, Guy Fieri and his wife Lori raised Jules.
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