Guy Fieri on Being ‘Demoralized’ By His Critics: If I Didn’t ‘Look Like Someone Who’s Whacked Out of Their Mind, It’d Probably Be Different’
Guy Fieri is keeping it real.
The Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives star, who is known as much for his spiky bleach blonde hair and bowling shirts as he is for his cooking chops, recently opened up to Success magazine about his culinary career and the fame (positive and negative) that comes along with it.
“What you see is what you get with me. There’s no show,” he said. “I’m like anybody else…You get enough, you can get beat up. You can get hurt. You can get frustrated. You can get demoralized.”
And Fieri has endured his fair share of critics, who have famously included fellow chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain. The Parts Unknown host slammed Fieri in the past for “being 52 years old and still rolling around in the flame outfit” and asking “What does he do? How does Guy Fieri de-douche?”
However, the celebrity chef is not letting they naysayers change who he is.
“If there are 100 people who don’t like me, 90 of them don’t have a reason,” he said. “Have I pissed some people off? Yes. Have I done wrong? I’m not sitting here saying I haven’t. But most of the negativity is entirely superficial.
“If I probably didn’t have tattoos, or if I probably didn’t bleach my hair, or if I probably didn’t wear blue jeans and a T-shirt to fancy things, if I didn’t do things that make me look like someone who’s whacked out of their mind, it’d probably be different. But then again, that’s how I wanna dress. And I like my tattoos. And I like my hair cut the way it is,” he said.
And that means staying true to himself. “What am I supposed to do? Am I supposed to stop being me? If someone boos a quarterback, does that mean he stops throwing his favorite pass?” he said.
Instead, Fieri is most focused on the things that really do matter to him: food and family. The father of two explained that his life goals were to open his own restaurant and be a a great father. “My dad’s my best friend,” he said. “So being a good father to Hunter and Ryder, spending time with them and teaching them, that’s No. 1 for me.”
–Michelle Ward Trainor