Guy Fieri, Please StopPosted: April 1, 2015
I love cooking shows on television. Amongst my favorites is Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Unfortunately, my love for learning about cool places to eat comes at a cost. I have to put up with Guy Fieri.
Before I make fun of Mr. Fieri, I should be fair. When I first watched the show, I sort of enjoyed the way he portrayed himself. It seemed that he didn’t take himself or what he was doing too seriously. Anyone who makes it clear that they know as well as the rest of us that they are not saving the world is OK by me. But I do have a problem with the man.
Guy Fieri has done the Guy Fieri act so many times that he is becoming a cartoon of himself. Yes, there are only so many ways to take a bite of food and say that it is really good. But I can’t take another declaration that someone’s grilled cheese is “the bomb” or that the ribs at a particular restaurant are “off the hook”.
Gangsta Is As Gangsta Does
Guy’s quest to find new, hip ways to describe tastes and compliment chefs reached a new low in a recent episode. While watching a chef prepare one of the signature dishes of his restaurant, Fieri called the chef “gangsta”.
Now, I’ll admit that I may not have a complete understanding of what makes one person gangsta and another, not as gangsta. But I did spend a significant part of my life working in neighborhoods where some people self-identified as gangstas and other people understood who those self-identified folks were. I can assure you that no one wore the label of being gangsta because of their liberal use of Serrano peppers or an innovative presentation of a classic comfort food.
As tempting as it is to put this problem upon cartoon Fieri’s shoulders, it isn’t all his fault. The format of the show forces him to be that way. Every dish he eats is one of the best offerings from a unique establishment run by a devoted chef who spent years perfecting that dish. He knows he’ll like everything he tries on the show. There’s not a chance that he’ll ever have a bad bite of food, nor that he’ll ever have an unplanned reaction on the show.
The Part Where This Post Jumps The Shark
There’s only one way to save Diners, Drive-ins and Dives before it jumps the shark.
Of course, if the show does jump the shark, it will jump a walnut-crusted shark filet that is off the hook, in a maple-bourbon reduction on a house-made pretzel roll, with a kale slaw that is the bomb! But I digress.
The only way to save Diners, Drive-ins and Dives is to bring spontaneity to the show. While the producers will have continue doing advance work to line up locations to shoot episodes, none of the information they gather should be passed on to Guy. Instead, he should arrive on site, be seated and have plates brought out for him to taste without any knowledge of the food’s preparation.
Also, the production team should occasionally slip a bad restaurant in to the mix. Again, Guy would be completely in the dark about which places would be great and which would be lousy.
Because he wouldn’t know what he’d be eating or couldn’t even count on getting a quality meal, the show’s host would be forced to react spontaneously. No more shows where everything is “the bomb” and “off the hook”. Just a show about a guy who really knows food, eating in restaurants. Some places will be great, a few won’t.
If those changes were implemented, they would save the show and satisfy my desire to see Fieri eat something he didn’t like.
Alright, I will admit that if they make him eat something awful, I’ll be happy. I don’t really care if the show is saved or not.