Only several short years ago, Guy competed and won the second season of The Next Food Network Star. Today this “Bad Boy” of Food Network hosts four popular shows and can barely walk down the street without being recognized. From his show, Guy off the Hook, where he gets up-close and personal with a live studio audience, to Guy’s Big Bite, where he teaches viewers how to make creative dishes with bold flavors and Ultimate Recipe Showdown, where he showcases home cooks' best recipes, to traveling across America to find the most unique Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy brings his unique personality to Food Network several times a week.
This likeable laid back California “guy” with his trademark bleached blond spiky hair began his love affair with food at the age of ten, selling soft pretzels from a three-wheeled bicycle cart he built with his father named “The Awesome Pretzel.” He earned enough money to study abroad as an exchange student in Chantilly, France. While there, he gained a true appreciation for international cuisine, culture, and lifestyle.
Guy attended University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. He worked with Stouffers, managing their flagship restaurant in Long Beach, CA, then became District Manager of Louise’s Trattoria and oversaw six restaurants. In 1996, Guy and a business partner embarked on a Sonoma County, CA-based Italian restaurant, Johnny Garlic’s. They opened three locations within 3 years of starting. With the success of their first restaurant concept, they developed Tex Wasabi’s, a Southern BBQ and California Sushi restaurant, opening a second location shortly thereafter. In addition to their thriving restaurants, customers can buy fun products from t-shirts, squeeze bottles and aprons to hats and more.
Guy is author of a bestseller based on his widely popular show, "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives: An All-American Road Trip…with Recipes!", which offers recipes and memorable stories from establishments Guy has visited. Guy also takes his passion for food to the airwaves on his weekly co-hosted syndicated radio show, Food Guy & Marcy. Guy believes in using his celebrity to help others, and in the fall of 2007, the Navy flew him to the Persian Gulf to entertain and cook for the troops.
Passionate about empowering today’s parents to include their children in the kitchen and educate them about eating healthy, Guy helped draft California state legislation proclaiming the 2nd Saturday in May annually as “Cook With Your Kids Day.” It was passed unanimously by the California State Legislature in 2009. An avid car aficionado, NASCAR honored Guy as Grand Marshall of the Save Mart 500 at Infinion Raceway in Sonoma, CA in 2008.
A long time a supporter of law enforcement and the military men and women serving our country, Guy has an ongoing Armed Forces Entertainment commitment. When not on the road or in-studio, Guy loves to take road trips with his family, cooking and restoring his classic race cars, dirt bikes, and riding his lifted monster golf cart.
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