Celebrity chef Guy Fieri took to network television Thursday to defend his newest restaurant against a scathing review in The New York Times.
The review of Guy’s American Bar and Grill, which ran on Tuesday, rated the restaurant as “poor,” and included a series of questions for Fieri, including “did you try that blue drink, the one that glows like nuclear waste?” and “Why did the toasted marshmallow taste like fish?”
One passage of the review went so far as to question the authenticity of Fieri’s on-screen persona as the host of a popular Food Network show.
“When you cruise around the country for your show ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,’ rasping out slangy odes to the unfancy places where Americans like to get down and greasy, do you really mean it?” the reviewer, Pete Wells, asks. The review went viral on social media sites, and has been at the top of the most-viewed articles list on NYTimes.com.
Fieri, feeling the need to respond to the negative questions posed in the review, flew to New York to appear on NBC’s Today on Thursday morning to defend himself and his Times Square restaurant. Calling the review “ridiculous,” Fieri questioned the motives of the reviewer and defended the quality of his food and restaurant, although he admitted it is a work in progress.
“I’ve been in the restaurant business 25 years. This is an ever-changing, ever evolving process,” Fieri told Today’s Savannah Guthrie. “Do we do it perfect? No. Are we striving to do it perfect? Yes. But that’s what we’re all doing in the business.”