Guy Fieri Says He Doesn’t *Actually* Live Off Of Fried Cheeseburgers And Corndogs

Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images
Photo credit: NBC – Getty Images

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If you’re a fan of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (and let’s be real, we all are!) you might already know that Guy Fieri has a dream job. He gets to travel the country finding the best food—much of which is fried and covered in cheese—and talk to the amazing people who make it all. But it might surprise you to know that Guy doesn’t always eat like that. In a recent interview, the chef and host shared his favorite grub to eat…and his favorite part about filming Triple D.

Guy recently told CBS News that though people think he solely eats foods like “fried cheeseburger, hotdog, corndog, pretzels covered in cheese” he actually mostly lives on healthier fare like veggies and farro and was influenced by his “hippie” upbringing.

“Veggies are my game. Love salad. Love spaghetti squash. Love all the whole grains. Big farro fan!” he told the outlet. As a fellow big farro fan, I am truly happy to hear I have something in common with my beloved Guy.

But make no mistake, Guy loves filming Triple-D and eating all that delicious and, yes, fried food. Though it’s currently looking a bit different thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Guy is still loving highlighting these small restaurants and showing what they mean to the community around them.

“A lot of these mom-and-pop joints are the fabric of the community,” Guy said. “You know, these are places the kids got jobs, these are places where you got engaged, these are places where you had your great memories, these are places that you went and got a gift certificate as a donation to your kid’s soccer team.”

Guy also spoke about working with the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund to raise about $24 million. As part of the fund, restaurant employees affected by COVID-19 can apply online for a one-time, $500 check that they can use toward housing, transportation, utilities, child-care, groceries, medical bills and/or student loans. As we previously reported, Guy made a lot of personal phone calls to CEOs in favor of the fund, but in the recent CBS interview, he detailed a bit more about hearing that Pepsi had donated $1 million following his personal message.

“And so anyhow, the next morning we have a conference call. And they said, ‘Pepsi just sent us a million bucks.’ I’m not kiddin’ ya, I had to pull over to the side of the road!” he said.

You can still donate to the fund here.

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