Friday, September 16, 2011

Fan questions, Mid-September 2011

I've added a new page to this blog, Have a Question? At the end of each month (and sometimes part-way thru!), I'll share what fans are asking and what answers I could find for them. [Some answers are edited for brevity. ~D]

Kristen from Hadley asked, "Is it true that Guy Fieri has in his contract for 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives' that he can only eat two bites of each thing made at each restaurant?"

Our answer: To our knowledge, no. It isn't expressly stated as such in his contract. Rather, it's Guy's choice to keep the "big bites" down to a minimum, so that he doesn't fill up.


Deb and Paul wondered, "How many sunglasses does Guy own?"

Our answer: When we last asked Guy that question, in 2009, he had about 80 pairs of shades. Find out more here, Frequently-asked Trivia Questions. We're confident that number has grown to at least twice as many at this point. :)


Adam from Evanston asked, "How do you not weigh 400 lbs for eating all the food om tripe D?"

Our answer: The magic of television. It looks like Guy is having several meals at three restaurants in 30 minutes. But in a typical shoot for the show, Guy visits two restaurants in one day, totaling 7 places in a metro area over four days. He takes just a few bites of each dish.

And, the show only tapes at most twice a month. So it isn't as much food as one would think, eh?


Pat from Fresno told us, "I have purchased 2 of the tri tips with the herb seasoning and rosemary and all of them were so salty we could not eat them. is this a problem that you can control? The product is over salted and ruins the taste of the meat. I thought the first one was just a mistake and then I cooked another today and we still can not eat it. Thank you"

Our reply: Oh, that's too bad! We'll reach out to the manufacturers and see what can be done. Thank you so much for contacting us! Without feedback like this, we'd never know ....


Mary from Brookfield wrote, "Hi--love your shows, your enthusiasm and huge personality. Also, your kitchen set for Guy's Big Bite. My husband and I watch your shows together and do enjoy your cooking and commentary!!! I noticed among your kitchen items a playing card themed ice bucket. I love it and would like to find one like it for my husband for a gift for our 35th wedding anniversary. Any chance you could share where I can purchase one like it? I have been watching E-BAY for retro/vintage ice buckets with the same or similar theme/design and have not been successful yet. thank-you so much for your time."

Our answer: Wendy Waxman, the original set designer for Guy's Big Bite, finds these gems in the most obscure stores in and around New York City. So we're not sure how you can find one exactly like the one used on the set. However, if you go to Shopping and enter the search term, "retro ice bucket cards", some tasty options come up!

Best of luck with your search! And let us know how it goes?

Here's a bit more behind-the-scenes information about Guy's Big Bite set that you may enjoy,


Sue from Albuquerque wrote, "Last evening (9/5/11) I caught the end of the program (I think in Minnesota). It was a place that made it's own corned beef and smoked white fish. I would like to re-watch that episode but don't know which one it was. Or at least know the name of the restaurant. Thanks!"

Our answer: Monday's episodes were "Porkapalooza" and "Fast Food Their Way." Here's the show's information page, Fast Food Their Way.

And, that episode is airing again soon:
Sep 16, 2011 - 9:30 PM ET/PT
Sep 17, 2011 - 12:30 AM ET/PT
Sep 17, 2011 - 4:30 PM ET/PT

Hope you can catch it!


Debbie from Eureka asked, "Did Guy ever work at Red Lion in Eureka, Ca. making Steak Diane???? A bunch of us are wondering."

Our answer: Sure enough, he did! In fact, he re-created his Steak Diane at "Feast of Fieri," in Atlantic City, 2009. Read Review of Feast of Fieri in Atlantic City for more on that story. And in homage to the Red Lion, Guy developed Red Lion Flambe Cherries Jubilee, featured on the Comfort Replay episode of Guy's Big Bite.

As a teenager and after having spent 11 months in France, Guy came home and got his first restaurant job at the Red Lion Inn in Eureka. Guy says that his dining room manager at the time, Mark Milligan, was “one of the first guys that got me. Or, at least tolerated me,” he added with a laugh. “I think I was a bit of a handful.”

And we think, maybe, he still is. :) Here's more on that story.


jfxn from Stafford Spgs asked, "Why do you have all the great Fender equipment and I have never seen you play. I bet your are a drummer!"

Our answer: You're right! A drummer. And a bit of keyboards, too. All of the other band equipment on the set is there for (1) show, and (2) Guy's buddies play them during taping breaks, haha!


Tom from Columbia, SC wrote, "You answered everything except his height and weight. Also he's the most likeable and freshest face on food tv"

Our answer: Guy Fieri is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 210 pounds. We learned that from the Press Democrat!

Related Posts:
Fan questions, August 2011
Fan questions, July 2011
Fan questions, June 2011

-> more Frequently-asked Guy Fieri Questions <-

1 comment:

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