I just stumbled across this absolutely scathing review of Guy Fieri’s new restaurant in New York called Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar. Sad to say, that even with the bad review from The New York Times, placed firmly in the trendy Times Square area it will probably survive with a combination of name recognition and tourist dining.
Somewhere within the yawning, three-level interior of Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, is there a long refrigerated tunnel that servers have to pass through to make sure that the French fries, already limp and oil-sogged, are also served cold?
By no means do I frequently read restaurant reviews, but based on that quote alone I’d say it was an unpleasant experience. Read the full review if you want a full two pages of sharp-witted comments. I’m a little wary of the review, wondering if the critic has a dislike of Fieri’s personality or if the food and service were actually that bad. As a celebrity chef, you certainly set yourself up for heavy critiquing. People familiar with your product (food and persona) certainly expect something and could be disappointed if you don’t deliver.
I remember watching Guy on The Next Food Network Star and thinking he was entertaining. From the 8 seasons of Food Network Star, Guy is certainly the most successful winner and could also be the most hated Food Network
chef celebrity. I remember reading a lengthy article about him on CityPages. If you’ve got a few minutes to spare, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Disasters” is well worth reading. It’s a lengthy interview with Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives series creator David Page regarding the fall-out he had with Fieri and the Food Network.
Everyone can form their on opinion of Fieri. There’s no doubt he helped shine the spotlight on many small restaurants serving excellent food that needed the promotion. Perhaps along the way he let his personality take over.