12 things you didn't know about Guy Fieri

Scott Gries /GettyImagesGuy Fieri is the host of the popular show ‘Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.’
  • Guy Fieri’s real name isn’t Guy Fieri and he does not like eggs.
  • He has been inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Guy Fieri once said he thought up the idea of doing a kid’s cooking show before it was popular.
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Guy Fieri is one of Food Network’s stand-out stars – he has multiple shows on the network and is perhaps best known for his signature hairstyle and catchphrases.

But what else is behind the mystique of the “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” host?

Here are some interesting things about Guy Fieri that you probably don’t know.


His name hasn’t always been Guy Fieri.

Jeff Gentner /GettyImagesHis real name is Guy Ramsey Ferry.

He was actually born under the legal name Guy Ramsey Ferry, according to Biography.com.

But he didn’t just make the name up – Fieri is actually his grandfather’s given family surname.

When his grandfather immigrated to the US from Italy, he changed the spelling to Ferry. As a nod to his grandfather, Guy changed his last name from Ferry to Fieri when he married his wife, Lori, in 1995.


Before Fieri made it big on Food Network, he had a different kind of TV job.

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Guy Fieri used to work for the auto-parts maker Flowmaster.

In 2001, five years before Fieri won “Food Network Star,” he was working for a company called Flowmaster that specialised in mufflers and other car parts.

He was featured on a couple of commercials for the brand, but he’s a more subdued version of the TV personality we know today.


He got his start on Food Network’s “Food Network Star” show.

Food NetworkHe was crowned the winner of season two of the show.

Fieri has always been at home in the kitchen, but he worked his way up the celebrity ladder just like any other chef.

He appeared on season two of the “Food Network Star” in 2006 and was crowned the winner.


He actually loves vegetables.

Ethan Miller /GettyImagesAlthough it might not seem like it, Fieri said he loves vegetables.

Although “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” features a whole lot of meaty meals, Fieri is actually a huge fan of vegetables.

“I love fresh vegetables. I’m a huge vegetable junkie. That’s one of the things people don’t even know about me. I’ll make six different types of vegetables for dinner,” he told chef Robert Irvine for Robert Irvine magazine in 2018.


He’s known for not liking eggs.

Paul Zimmerman /GettyImagesEggs are not one of Guy Fieri’s go-to foods.

If you’ve spent any amount of time watching “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” you probably already know that Guy Fieri is not a fan of eggs.

In a 2017 interview with the Tampa Bay Times, he told a reporter that he eats “eggs every once in a while.”

But he’s so known for disliking the food that when he visits a restaurant on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” chefs will alter their recipes to avoid cooking eggs for Guy.


He started eating sushi when he was a kid.

Dylan Rives/GettyImagesIt seems like Fieri was destined to have a refined palate.

Per a 2017 interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Fieri said that he was eating sushi as a young kid.

He attributes his adventurous taste buds to his parents, saying that, “My dad was the one who probably had the most influence on me cooking because he would always challenge me to try different things.”


Guy Fieri said he thought up the idea of doing a kid’s cooking show before it was popular.

Frederick M. Brown/GettyImagesGuy Fieri said his own two kids love to cook.

Fieri said he was a proponent of children’s cooking shows before they were a thing.

In 2017 he told Thrillist, “One of the biggest things is to see kids involved in cooking so much. When I got on [Food Network] 12 years ago, the first thing I said was, ‘I want a kid’s cooking show,’ and they told me, ‘Come on now,’ I said, ‘I am not kidding.’ I have kids. I said, ‘I’m telling you, kids love to cook.’ I run into these people, fans of ‘Triple D,’ and no one was really embracing that. Now look at major networks are doing it.”


In 2012, he was inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame.

Dylan Rives/GettyImagesGuy Fieri is a master when it comes to barbecuing.

In 2012, Fieri had the distinct honour of being inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame.

And he’s no stranger to barbecue greatness – he and a team of pitmaster friends won the American Royal World Series of Barbecue Open Contest and the 2012 Houston Livestock & Rodeo World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, according to the Barbecue Hall of Fame.


He moved to France as a teen for his culinary education.

Ethan Miller /GettyImagesGuy Fieri was trained as a chef in France.

At the age of 16, Fieri moved to Chantilly, France, to enhance his kitchen skills, according to the Food Network.

He spent six years selling pretzels and washing dishes to save up for his trip to the international food mecca.


His hair is most likely brown.

Stephen Lovekin / Getty ImagesHe’s hardly recognisable without his signature bleached-blonde hairdo.

By now, you’ve probably caught onto the fact that Fieri’s natural hair colour isn’t vibrant yellow.

Based on photos, it seems Fieri is actually a brunette once you take a peek underneath his frosted tips.


When he was a child, Fieri was seriously injured by a horse.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for DiscoveryGuy Fieri had to get emergency surgery.

In 2015, the chef told GQ that he has a scar on his stomach from when he was 10 years old – a horse bucked him off and stomped on him.

The impact damaged his liver and heart and he had to get emergency surgery.

“I was f—ed up,” he told the publication. “My mum was devastated.”


He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Paul Archuleta / Stringer/GettyHe did it!

In May, Fieri became the third chef to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With this star, he joined the likes of Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck.

At Fieri’s Walk of Fame Ceremony, actor Matthew McConaughey, who is reportedly a long-time friend of the chef, gave a special speech.

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