The renowned American restaurateur Guy Fieri answers to one and only person- Guy Mother Effin’ Fieri. All the think pieces in the world will not change how this 49-year-old food media superstar lives his life and conducts his business.
He’s a walking, talking Deal With It meme drops his sunglasses on the back of his head, not the front. But despite his DGAF demeanor, the Fieri has a softer side, too.
Guy Fieri says he hates that flame shirt
On the latest episode of Dan Pashman’s The Sporkful podcast, Fieri opened up about what it feels like to be known in all over the world as a hot-rod loving, flame shirt-wearing, joke-cracking culinary daredevil.
I think there’s way too much stereotyping. There’s a picture of me in a flame shirt that everybody loves. I get that picture sent to me when we do fan mail; it’s the picture they send more than anything. And I think people want to love the shirt... ‘cause I hate the shirt. We’d opened a barbecue restaurant — and this was way before even the Food Network — we’d opened a barbecue restaurant, and that was one of the shirts that we had. I don’t know where we got the shirt or what happened. Goddamn I hate that shirt.
Fieri further added:
But the funny thing is that people want to make a story of what something is when they don’t understand it. Yes, I work hard. And yes, I love my cars. And yes, I love to go to football games. And I love rock concerts. And I love anything crazy — except for jumping out of airplanes, which is a whole other story. But I love all that stuff. So, people are going to say whatever they’re going to say. People are going to go on their own way about, “Oh man, everything’s flamed at his house.” And I just kind of go, “Okay, you know, alright. Well, think what [you’re going to think].” I mean, what do I wear? I wear shorts and tennis shoes and a t-shirt every day unless I’ve got to go to work.
American renowned restaurateur Guy Fieri
And, yes it's all true the quick scan of Getty Images shows that the restauranteur has not worn that flame shirt at a public event over the last seven years, though it is burned in our collective cultural memory thanks to Bobby Monihan’s SNL impression.