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Guy Fieri Strikes Back After Viciously Funny Restaurant Review

by Jennifer Lawinski on November 15, 2012 at 7:15 PM

FieriThe day after The New York Times ripped his Times Square restaurant a new one with a sarcastic, and hilarious, review, celebrity chef Guy Fieri told the Today show that he suspects reviewer Pete Wells had something up his sleeve.

I would say something like that too if someone had essentially called my flagship eatery the worst restaurant in the history of restaurants. "I just thought it was ridiculous," Fieri said. "I mean, I read reviews. You know, there's good and bad in the restaurant business; but that to me went so overboard it really seemed like there was another agenda."

And what exactly would that secret agenda be?

Fieri said the Times reviewer was trying to make a name for himself. And Fieri figures the best way to do that is to slam the 2-month-old restaurant of a celebrity chef who isn't from New York. 

But, uh, isn't he the restaurant reviewer for The New York Times? One of the most coveted jobs in the newspaper business?

The newspaper, for its part, defended the review -- which posed a series of questions to Fieri including "When we hear the words Donkey Sauce, which part of the donkey are we supposed to think about?" and "When you hung that sign by the entrance that says, WELCOME TO FLAVOR TOWN!, were you just messing with our heads?" (Comic genius in restaurant-review form!)

If the food is as bad as Wells says it is, then I think the review was fair and an excellent piece of writing. It's not just a boring "everything I ate here was terrible" screed. It's pretty darn creative.

My favorite part of this entire saga? The New York Times sales team had a party for clients at Guy's American Kitchen & Bar on the very day the take-down review was published. Slick move, New York Times.

Do you think The New York Times review was too harsh?

 

Image via Today

Filed Under: dinner, eating out, restaurants

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  • tuffy...
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    tuffymama

    November 15, 2012 at 7:19 PM
    I want nothing to do with Guy "Fieri" or his "Flavor Town" LOL. I would like to live in a world without him, Rachel Ray and Bobby Flay. That would be a great place.
  • jhslove
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    jhslove

    November 15, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Oh waah, waaaah. Guy Fieri is the biggest douchecanoe on the Food Network, and it looks like he's upset that someone actually called him out on his terrible food and fake, obnoxious "personality". Look, if you can't handle a bad review, then don't open a restaurant. The fact that your restaurant has been open for "only" two months isn't an excuse--two months should be enough time to get your act together. This whole thing makes me like him even less than I did before, which I didn't think was possible.


  • kisse...
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    kisses5050

    November 15, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Yes the reviewer has an "agenda" to get his job done...his credibility..his job depends on writing honestly... Guy needed to shut up and let the food speak...says  a lot that he went on the offensive.


  • bills...
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    billsfan1104

    November 15, 2012 at 10:02 PM
    Bobby Flay is a bigger douche.
  • ciao_...
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    ciao_kitty

    November 16, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    I went to one of his other chains, Tex Wasabi and for a guy who is on a TV show about food, you think he'd hire a better team of chefs (obviously, Guy wouldn't have the time to cook he's too busy) but c'mon, I took one look at the brocoli and it had moldy black spots! The drinks were pretty good, but I can't get past the brocoli. And it was such a bummer because he seems so passionate about food!

     


  • Sandr...
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    Sandra Stein

    August 28, 2013 at 2:32 AM
    Guy is a great chef and his eateries serve class fare, So I think it's where the NYer critic got a case of terminal uniqueness. I have known Guy since he opened Johnny Garlic's in California and his food is always good.
  • GFIAD
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    GFIAD

    March 27 at 4:04 AM
    Guy Fieri is a douche and needs to grow up and stop acting like a baby. Not everyone is going to enjoy his food. He needs to strap on his sunglasses the right way and deal with it.
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