Thursday, January 8, 2009
KSRO The Drive
Guy stopped by KSRO radio in Santa Rosa for a brief 10-minute visit, full of energy, and even more full of information. Here are a few highlights *not* mentioned elsewhere in my blog:
*This interview was the Friday before Guy flew to Texas to begin shooting the 8th season of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. We, out here in TV land, will begin seeing the 6th season of that show in February.
*Last year he was away, working, 210 days out of the year. Guy has just signed a 4-year contract with the Food Network, working 120 days this next year.
*Guy credits his managers and team members for maintaining the restaurants in his absence; credit goes first to his wife, family, business partner Steve and CFO Amy, empowering him to do the work he needs to do. They are now looking at Las Vegas and other large metropolitan areas to open new restaurants.
*Guy is writing 500 or 600 recipes a year now. (I'm lucky if I write 5 or 6)
*Guy has four shows on the Food Network, which he felt was daunting. There is some debate between which will go forward next year, Guy's Big Bite or Guy Off the Hook. (Oh, I have a preference!! I really do! Dare I even say?)
*Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is the #1 show on Food Network. (?!?)
*Guy is looking forward to going to Cabo Wabo soon (when?), to shoot a grilling special for the Food Network with Sammy Hagar.
*In March he'll shoot 30 shows in 10 days, at the Food Network Studios in New York.
*In May, Guy will go to Iraq in his second effort towards supporting American troops. They will fly into Baghdad and travel to 10 cities. He's ordering 5000 pounds of pork towards that effort. (unreal)
*Guy is forming the "Guy Fieri Foundation," with a goal of fostering kids imaginations and dreams with mentorship.