Guy Fieri’s No-Fail Trick for Picky Eaters

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri is the mayor of Flavortown and for good reason. The Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives host knows all about cooking for any and every type of eater. The vegan, the carnivore, the aesthetic eater. You name it, Fieri can serve it up.

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He told Today Food earlier this year, “While I do love great barbecue and a good burger, even on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, they don’t represent the majority of things I try. We feature a wide array of foods from around the world. We get down with vegetarian and vegan dishes. We hit it all. And, I’d have to say, that’s a pretty fair assessment of how I eat.”

Guy Fieri is only the third chef to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Fieri was honored earlier this year with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, joining previous recipients Wolfgang Puck and Bobby Flay. It’s a huge honor for any artist, actor, or celebrity. But for a chef, it has to be an especially great privilege.

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“I’ve had a wild ride, I really have,” Fieri expressed in his remarks at the ceremony honoring him. “Everyone that’s here, please recognize in some shape or form, you had a part in this star happening … That’s our star. Seriously, that’s our star. I want you to come visit it, I want you to come and visit our star. I wanted to thank you for just taking one day and letting Hollywood become Flavortown.”

Fieri’s ‘Donkey Sauce’ doesn’t really have any donkey in it

If you’ve ever seen any of Fieri’s Food Network shows, you’ve likely heard of his Donkey Sauce. Perhaps you’ve wondered where the interestingly named condiment got its moniker.

As Fieri explained to Delish, the sauce is just a mixture of garlic, mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper.

“I called it Donkey Sauce because you have to make fun of it. It’s a quintessential ingredient in so many aspects of food,” he said. “Yet probably not the most beneficial except for flavor, probably the least beneficial, but it does have its place.”

Here’s how Fieri gets picky eaters to try something new

Fieri and his wife have two kids, so he knows about the mealtime battles of getting the picky eater to eat.

“People always have a tough time getting their kids to eat the right foods and, under duress, they cave and feed them junk,” he said. “So, I’ve raised them using a few tricks to make eating both fun and, well, necessary.”

A crucial part of his strategy: get your kids involved in preparing the meal.

“I tell parents to get the kids to help, but don’t give them the tedious gigs like chopping onions. Give them something fun, like stirring the pot or, if appropriate, flipping the burgers.” If kids are involved in making the meal, he explained, they’ll be more likely to eat the meal.

Guy Fieri and his kids prepping a meal together.

And if your picky eater won’t finish their meal? “Bring them to the dinner table hungry!” Fieri says. “When I was a kid, we didn’t have a house full of snacks, so when dinner came, it was on!”

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