Saturday, May 15, 2010

Guy Fieri kick starts Taste! in Myrtle Beach

It was a 24-hour fly by for Guy Fieri, but in that time he made quite an impression on the folks at the Taste! Gourmet Trade Show and Expo at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in South Carolina.

Guy Fieri flew from California to Myrtle Beach on Thursday, May 13, 2010.

NatalieCoughlin - @ChefGuyFieri is sitting in my aisle of the plane. Pretty funny how so many people want to talk to him, but don't know what to say...

which got me to wondering, were I to share an airplane ride with Natalie Coughlin, I'm not sure I'd know what to say either! :)

Thursday evening, visiting celebrity chefs were invited to a private dinner with Taste! organizers at the Brentwood Inn, Myrtle Beach (view tasting menu).

richholl - on my way to dinner with Guy Fieri, Fabio Viviani, Aaron McCargo, and the rest of the crew from Taste!

RestaurantGal - I had dinner with Guy Fieri tonight.

Becky Billingsley wrote a very nice article about the dinner for the Myrtle Beach Restaurant News, saying in part,
"Hey, watch this," he said Thursday night shortly after arriving a private dinner party at The Brentwood in Little River. "This is called sabering the bottle."

Since the party trick involved whacking the top off a Champagne bottle with a chef's knife, the Food Network star decided to take his act outside, and the rest of the guests trooped out behind him onto the restaurant's front porch. Fieri held up the bottle and chopped, and the bottle lip, including the cork, flew off into the night.

Read the full article here. Video below takes a few moments to load.

Johanna D. Wilson of The Sun News also reported.
On Thursday night though, he was by far the liveliest guest among about a dozen people. He is courteous, funny, friendly, and gave guests firm handshakes and bear hugs. He loves yellow cars, thinks Jay Leno is cool and enjoyed being on Leno’s show each time he went.

Click here to read the article.

Guy Fieri's "Bad Boy Breakfast" was reportedly sold out. The breakfast was from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Guy Fieri also had a cooking demonstration in the afternoon, as did Aaron McCargo Jr. and Andreann Geise, a competitor on Ultimate Recipe Showdown hosted by Guy Fieri in September 2009. (more on Andreann Geise)

Below, local News13 SCNow interviewed Guy Fieri in front of Ergo Chef's display table.

WBTW anchor and producer, Rusty Ray, wrote,
Guy Fieri ... took questions and signed autographs at a private breakfast Friday morning, and then put on a cooking demonstration for a packed theatre-style audience Friday afternoon....

For the full article, click here.

Guy Fieri spoke to Caroline Live about the Myrtle Beach area and his thoughts on the Taste! event:

"You're this close to the water. You've got this much going on. You have this many nice people. The food's gotta be good. I mean there's no way it can't be good and you have this many people who are interested in food that are coming here to Taste! I'm looking forward to it. I hope we get some folks writing into Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and telling us about the locations we can go to, and I get to come back and have a little vacation."

View video here.

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