The Mayor of Flavortown’s long track record of being an overall good Guy was immortalized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Guy Fieri was honored with a star on Wednesday, making him the third celebrity chef, after Wolfgang Puck and Bobby Flay, to receive a star.
“How you’ve managed to work nonstop, build an empire, take care of your family and friends, and still find out how to be an amazing father is truly inspiring,” his son Hunter said during the ceremony. “People always ask me, ‘How does he do it? How does he manage work and family time? What’s it like having the mayor of Flavortown as a father?’ It’s quite simple. He puts his family first. He makes sure we are never hungry.”
“We’re never hungry!” Fieri laughed during his son’s speech.
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During his own speech, Fieri thanked his family and the Food Network for their support.
“I’ve had a wild ride, I really have,” he said. “Everyone that’s here, please recognize in some shape or form, you had a part in this star happening … That’s our star. Seriously, that’s our star. I want you to come visit it, I want you to come and visit our star. I wanted to thank you for just taking one day and letting Hollywood become Flavortown.”
Known for starring in and producing the beloved Food Network staple Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Fieri made a name for himself when he won Food Network Star in 2006. His platinum blond hair and endless patterned button-down shirts captured the hearts of food lovers. He started out in the culinary world as a pretzel vendor at 10-years-old and has since built an empire of restaurants in Los Angeles, Cancun, Las Vegas, and many other cities.
In addition to his sprawling collection of eateries and TV shows, Fieri also has soft spot for philanthropy. He still lives in his hometown of Santa Rosa, California and has cooked meals for victims of wildfires in the area for the past two years. In an interview with Variety, Fieri said he saw “mankind at its best” while provided meals.
“You know when you’re cranking out 5,000, 10,000 meals a day it cuts through all the celebrity bullshit,” he said.