Wednesday, November 13, 2013
That Guy Will Be The Next Food Network Star
Some guys always stand out in the crowd. Especially if their name is "Guy."
I was looking through an April 7, 2006 issue of Entertainment Weekly Magazine and discovered a very interesting ad for The Next Food Network Star. It really looks like Guy Fieri (who clearly dominated that photo session) is the star of the show, and he ended up winning the competition.
Guy then went on to star in Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and Guy's Big Bite, and Rachael vs. Guy, and Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off, and Guy's Grocery Games on Food Network. And he usually has seasonal TV specials on Food Network. He also hosted NBC's game show, Minute to Win It.
Of course, he also has merchandise and restaurants everywhere, including Guy's Burger Joint on Carnival Cruises.
I would like to pitch a new "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs" type storybook and animated film called Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner of Flavortown (a mixture of Guy's catchphrases). I've even made concept art of the title character.
As far as I know, Guy is the only winner of The Next Food Network Star to become this successful. (Comedian Bobby Moynihan frequently impersonates Fieri on Saturday Night Live).
Food Network is currently celebrating their 20th Anniversary. I started watching within the last few years and it is one of my favorite channels, boasting some incredibly creative shows that are fun to watch even if (like me) you don't cook. Some of my favorites include Halloween Wars, Aces of Cakes, Cupcake Wars, and Food Network Challenge (especially the Cake episodes, which often have episodes tied to popular film and TV properties. Seriously, someone made a live-size cake replica of Big Bird from Sesame Street that looked exactly like the Muppet).