Things you didn’t know about Guy Fieri

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Published December 03, 2013

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Things you didn’t know about Guy Fieri

Things you didn’t know about Guy Fieri

The King of Flavortown has a few secrets up his sleeve

Fifth Grade

He’s always had a bit of an entrepreneurial bug: when Fieri was in fifth grade, he convinced the organizers of the Humboldt County Fair to allow him to sell balloons! Over the next six years he earned enough money to spend a year in France, by running a pretzel cart. 

France

When Fieri was 16, he moved to Chantilly, France, for a year abroad, and was miserable for most of the time. He was given a tiny room to live in (the bathroom was two flights downstairs), and he couldn’t even use the phone without permission, because it was locked away. 

French Cuisine

Fieri didn’t really fall in love with food until he went to France. Believe it or not, it was classic French fare — pâté, escargots, sheep’s tongue, and the like — that was his first culinary love, not the uber-American fare that he’s come to be known by. 

The 'A Ha' Moment

For Fieri, his "a ha" moment, the one that cemented his love for food (comparable to Julia Child’s famous sole meuniere experience), came during a meal of steak frites at a tiny restaurant in the South of France.

Louise’s Trattoria

After graduating from UNLV, he got a job at a California Italian chain called Louise’s Trattoria. Never one to be hemmed in, he added tortilla soup to the menu in order to provide some variety to the business lunchers who wanted some variety. He was almost fired for it.

Emeril

Seeing Emeril Lagasse on an episode of Good Morning America was another "a ha" moment. As he watched Lagasse strut his stuff and keep the audience in the palm of his hand, Fieri was blown away by how cool Lagasse was, and it served as a major inspiration for him.

His First Attempt

Auditioning for The Next Food Network Star wasn’t his first attempt to get on Food Network, and he actually needed to be convinced to give it a second shot. His first effort, an audition to be on a barbecue show in 2004, went nowhere. 

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