Guy Fieri Says He’s the Outdoorsy Type. We’re Not So Sure
Guy Fieri has made a lot of claims, and we’ve been skeptical before. And then, just when we thought we knew everything there was to know about the Food Network star, he stuns us with yet another shocking revelation. According to the Mayor of Flavortown himself, the diner-loving, Camaro-driving celebrity chef is, as he says, the outdoorsy type. (Cue head-scratching moment here.)
While we appreciate the guy’s determination to seemingly reverse his own reputation, we’re not totally convinced. But don’t take our word for it; see for yourself; here are eight facts that may surprise you (we’ll get to the outdoorsman claim at No. 3).
1. He has an aversion to crowds
Can we be 100% sure Fieri hates big crowds? Not really. But apparently, he’s not a fan, or so he says. Fieri told Delish, “I don’t like big crowds.” Plain and simple.
Still, though, we’re a bit confused. A celebrity chef with an over-the-top, larger-than-life personality, who doesn’t crave being the center of attention 24/7? From the viewer’s perspective, it sure seems otherwise.
Next: This one really, really surprised us.
2. He’s not the cruising type
If you’re wondering why this made the list of unexpected tidbits, here it is: Fieri does, in fact, have a partnership restaurant deal with Carnival Cruise Line. So, how could he hate cruising? Well, let’s start from the beginning.
Before he struck the deal, Fieri and his family were invited on a Carnival Cruise. And Fieri’s immediate reaction? “I am the least likely person you’d ever catch on a cruise,” he said. At the time, however, he’d never actually been on a cruise. Low and behold, he loved it. Imagine that.
Next: Here’s what Fieri had to say about his love of the great outdoors.
3. He’s an outdoorsy guy
Some people have a funny way of describing themselves. And Fieri’s way of doing it? Well, let’s just say we may need a bit more convincing than his word alone. As the king of no-good-for-you food suspiciously claims, “I’m an outdoors guy.” And to that, we say, “Huh?”
But maybe, just maybe, there’s something to Fieri’s claim, here. Surprisingly enough, he told the Food Network, “The wok is one of my favorite things to work with when I’m camping.” So, there’s that, we suppose.
Next: No, he didn’t just sit around on the couch when he was a kid.
4. He knew he wanted to be a chef at age 10
For Fieri’s veggie-loving mom, feeding the little carnivore was a difficult task. So, when he was 10 years old, she challenged him to cook a meal for himself (clearly, veggie dishes weren’t his thing). His food of choice was, naturally, steak (no surprise there). And voila, a chef was born.
Next: You’ll be shocked to hear what kind of parents he had.
5. His parents favored a healthy lifestyle
To dovetail off the previous point, Fieri’s parents couldn’t have been more different than the man — their son — we know today. Their lifestyle lent itself to a more natural, health-conscious approach to eating, proving the point that Fieri’s love of fried food is truly his own.
“My parents were all into macrobiotic cooking and natural cooking, and my sister was a vegetarian,” Fieri told the Food Network. “I wasn’t down with that.” Of course he wasn’t, because, let’s be honest. The guy has always preferred meatballs, pork chops, and steak.
Next: Thankfully, one aspect of their healthy lifestyle stuck with him.
6. He has a garden and loves canning
Perhaps there was one good thing about his parents’ healthy-living mentality that rubbed off on the guy. And even though it’s pretty surprising, we’re happy about it. Because hey, everyone deserves to have fresh produce in their life.
But really, would you ever guess the Triple D star has his very own garden? And furthermore, that he’s a huge fan of canning? Well, believe it. Because apparently, he gets down with more than just unhealthy diner fare alone. In fact, cilantro and kale are some of his favorites.
Next: Is the kitchen really for adults only?
7. He’s an advocate for kids getting involved in the kitchen
Here’s another fun, yet surprising, fact about Fieri: He’s a firm believer in getting kids into the kitchen. It’s certainly an admirable mission to stand behind, it’s just not one we’d necessarily expect.
There are plenty of perks to having your kids help out in the kitchen, though, like exposing them to more foods. So, do as Fieri says — just this once — and encourage your kiddos to lend a helping hand during dinnertime. It’ll broaden their taste buds, and hopefully lead to less picky eaters.
Next: But there’s (at least) one type of cooking Fieri absolutely sucks at.
8. He can’t bake to save his life
While we hardly associate Fieri with delicate pastries and sunlit cooking shows, it is a bit surprising to hear he has absolutely zero baking chops. After all, we think a big cookie skillet would be right up his alley. But hey, at least he doesn’t try to deny his lack of baking expertise.
“I can’t bake anything. I’m the worst,” Fieri told the Food Network. “My cakes always come out flat.”
At least the guy has a touch of self-awareness.
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