Chef Guy Fieri, restaurateur, New York Times Best-Selling author and Emmy Award-winning host began his love affair with food at the age of ten, selling soft pretzels from a three-wheeled bicycle cart he built with his father called “The Awesome Pretzel.” By selling pretzels and washing dishes,
Chef Fieri earned enough money in six years to study abroad as an exchange student in Chantilly, France. There he gained a profound appreciation for international cuisine and the lifestyle associated with it. In 1996, Guy launched his culinary career with the opening of Johnny Garlics, his first restaurant based in his hometown of Santa Rosa, CA with business partner Steve Gruber.
Since the opening of the first Johnny Garlics, Guy has gone on to create a culinary empire as a popular TV host, chef of seven acclaimed restaurants and New York Times Best-Selling cookbook author. In 2006, Guy Fieri premiered his first show, Guy's Big Bite on Food Network. Today, this "Culinary Rock Star” also hosts top-rated shows including Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy’s Grocery Games and guest judges on Next Food Network Star. Guy also collaborates with Rachael Ray in the fun competition series, Rachael vs. Guy: Kids. Guy attended University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. Fieri, most recently, was awarded an honorary doctorate from UNLV for his public service and commitment to the university.