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“You’ve got to know what it is, you’ve got to know how it’s made, you’ve got to know what it tastes — you’ve got to do all those components and then you have to be able to project it,” Guy Fieri told The Hollywood Reporter during the Reality TV Roundtable. He spoke to TV celebrity chefs as being more than just a host, emphasizing their needs to “have the goods” when it came to cooking as well.
“Anybody that’s in an artist field, you have to be great at what you do in order to become great at anything else, so the foundation has to be true,” said the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host.
Fieri is known for his bold personality and style, drawing skepticism from many if he really that person, or if it is just his on-screen persona. “I’m not a TV person,” said Fieri. “I’m a chef that happened to get an extra check going on to do TV shows, so I don’t have anything else to give you. What you see is what you get.”
He doesn’t exaggerate when tasting food on DDD either, saying, “If I don’t like it, you’re either not going to see it on TV, or I’ll say something like, ‘It was good.’”
Fieri got his start in television after winning The Next Food Network Star. He said the experience completely changed his perspective on competition reality shows. “You see how many people are putting their lives on the line,” he told THR. “So when I work on these mom and pop joints, I see them sometimes in financial peril. I see them sometimes when they really have to make it happen.”
More roundtables featuring comedy and drama actors and actresses, and comedy and drama showrunners will roll out throughout June in print and online. Tune in to new episodes of Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter starting June 26 on SundanceTV, with the premiere of the Reality Roundtable on Sunday, August 7. And look for clips at THR.com/roundtables with full episodes on THR.com after broadcast.
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