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There aren’t too many foods that Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host Guy Fieri won’t try. Fans have watched Fieri tasting all sorts of outlandish creations during his travels, including grasshopper tacos, a pig head platter, and plenty of other cringe-worthy meals. When it comes to adventurous eating, Fieri is the master.

But like so many other celebrity chefs, there are a few items that Fieri refuses to eat. While he’s open to exotic meats of all kinds, he draws the line at liver. “Liver is nasty,” Fieri said. He’s also averse to eggs. “I eat them in dressings but sunny-side up, over-easy or scrambled? No, thank you,” he said.

It turns out Fieri used to enjoy eggs like the rest of us until one crazy thing happened that turned him off to the protein-packed food forever.

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Guy Fieri used to sneak egg sandwiches for breakfast

Before he became an egg hater, Fieri used to politely refuse his parents’ offers of granola to indulge in a breakfast sandwich instead. “I used to eat fried egg sandwiches like they were going out of style,” Fieri told Extra Crispy. “A fried egg sandwich with processed cheese on white bread when I would go to my friend’s house was the greatest thing in the world.”

But then fate stepped in and turned Fieri off to incredible, edible egg for good.

He found a dead baby chicken inside an egg once

It would be jarring even for an adult, but Fieri was just a child when he got a very unfortunate biology lesson. “When I was about ten years old, I came to a very clear understanding of how chickens grow—when we opened the egg,” Fieri said, describing the experience.

This food item is considered a normal thing to eat in certain Asian countries. Balut, or developing bird embryos that are boiled and eaten directly out of the egg, are sold as street food in the Philippines and Vietnam. Even so, Fieri did not eat the baby chick that day.

A different experience turned Fieri off to eating eggs

You’d think the whole dead baby bird thing would be enough to turn Guy Fieri off eggs forever. But, it was a different experience he says made him anti-egg.

“…You know what it was? It’s that I had a bad hard-boiled egg. It was the chalky yolk,” Fieri explained. With that one negative experience, the Emmy-award winning television producer was officially done with eggs.

He loves having grits for breakfast

Eggs and liver may be off the table — literally — but other than that, Fieri is willing to experiment with all sorts of different foods in his line of work. At breakfast, he goes in a different direction and opts for ham and grits or juice with fruit when he’s sticking to a healthier meal plan.

As he explained to Extra Crispy, “If I was walking through and you said ‘Free car! Metallica in concert out there!’ I might pass by but if I was walking through and you offered me a bowl of grits and ham and redeye gravy—I just said that to you and my mouth started to water.”