He just seems like a good guy. That's the vibe celebrity chef Guy Fieri, the chummy king of The Food Network, gives off. The way he pals around with guests, contestants, and judges on Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives and Guy's Grocery Games is electric, down-to-earth, and inviting. The nicknames, the fist bumps, even his gentle razzing all ingratiate viewers into the Flavorverse, the most delicious and welcoming place on the Network since 2006, when Fieri made his debut there. Guy makes and celebrates comfort food, and he himself is comfort food. And like comfort food, he's long been written off as junk. The insults directed toward Fieri reached an apex in 2012, when New York Times food critic Pete Wells shellacked his Times Square restaurant, Guy Fieri's Flavortown Kitchen, giving the eatery zero stars, the lowest rating in the column's history. The piece cemented Fieri's place as the biggest joke in the food industry, the personification of his recipes: overindulgent, flashy, and just plain stupid. But while Wells treated Fieri's grease factory as a punchline, he may have also inadvertently turned the chef into an underdog. "What did Guy Fieri ever do to anybody?" joked Shane Torres in his viral… Read full this story
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