Money Q&A with Guy Fieri
California food dude Guy Fieri's platinum blond spikes, radical shades and totally insane enthusiasm for feel-good grub transformed him from humble Santa Rosa restaurateur to America's most-recognizable rock star chef.Since busting onto the Food Network lineup in 2006 with "Guy's Big Bite," the irrepressible co-owner of the Johnny Garlic's and Tex Wasabi's restaurant brands has taken our taste buds on an all-American road trip with "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," which spawned two best-selling "Triple D" cookbooks. With his new gig as host of NBC's "Minute to Win It" and a new cookbook, "Guy Fieri Food," a compilation of 125 of his favorite recipes, Fieri's career is definitely on cruise control.
"Minute to Win It" seems like a significant step into the big time for you. Are you comfortable being a prime time game show host?
I never envisioned being on television, but the opportunities have been fantastic. I love "Minute to Win It." I would definitely stay in this realm of work. I'll always be a chef, I'll always cook, always own restaurants. That's my core. But I really do enjoy these other projects.
I like doing things that make other people happy. That's what cooking is: making people happy, feeding them good food. That's the same thing that happens with "Minute to Win It"; everyday people playing simple games and making ridiculous money. We're not talking, "You've won $1,250 and a toaster," we're talking people winning 50-grand, 125-grand, 250-thousand. That's a s---load of money! It's like being the dude standing in line at the minimart behind the guy who gets the winning lottery ticket, and you're standing there with him and he's going crazy. I love that opportunity that it gives me. I'm all about positive energy.