Guy Fieri recently sat down with Playboy Contributor David Hochman to discuss his favorite restaurants, recipes and chef; impressing women with culinary skills and pickup lines; and his worst cooking mishaps. The January/February 2010 issue of Playboy is on newsstands and online at www.playboydigital.com Friday, December 18, 2009
On the dives worth driving across America for: “Ted Peter’s Famous Smoked Fish in St. Petersburg, Florida...that fish spread–pow! It’d knock your socks off. Number two, Mo Gridder’s BBQ in Hunts Point, the Bronx. You may not be able to find it because it’s in a trailer outside an auto parts store. Trust me, though. Finally, Emma Jean’s Holland Burger Cafe in Victorville, California. One family flipping burgers for 60 years on Route 66 – need I say more?”
On the best chef alive: “It’s Masaharu Morimoto, the Japanese Iron Chef...In the Asian realm especially, nobody does it better. My greatest honor would be to work in Morimoto’s kitchen, even for a day. That dude will forget more about cooking than I’ll ever learn.”
On fancy food versus diner food: “I don’t separate fancy food from the rest. Good food is good food, though there’s definitely way too much fussing and phoniness out there in the food world, with people talking about ingredients you need an advanced degree to pronounce.”
On cooking with women: “Women who know how to cook are hot. Especially when you’re together in the kitchen, it’s sexy. You’re activating each other’s senses – the smells, the flavors, the textures. Baby!”
On tips for impressing a woman with your cooking: “Practice...Do a test run a couple of days ahead. And stick to dishes that aren’t too dangerous. Pork’s my favorite. Google a recipe for pork chops piccata style – grilled or pan sautéed with lemon, capers, garlic, white wine, parsley. She’ll be eating out of your hand, as long as you don’t overcook it.” [Guy's Pork Piccata recipe. ~D]
On something he secretly wishes he could tell his customers: “Stop stealing stuff. People steal things from restaurants, anything with a logo on it...Also, don’t eat the whole plate of food and then tell me you didn’t like it. We know that’s bullsh*t.”
Read all 20 questions with Guy Fieri on www.Playboy.com.
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