In 2016, every major publication needs to write its own Guy Fieri think piece, cleverly musing on how the frosty-tipped Mayor of Flavortown has transcended irony and ridicule, and reached a new status as a bona fide cult icon. The New Yorker wrote one of these pieces, Esquire wrote one of these pieces, and just this week Salon—a publication that once claimed Fieri had “destroyed the Food Network”—penned an article about the chef’s “unironic appreciation in the press. “The Fieri-ssance is here,” the article’s headline reads. “Sorry, Anthony Bourdain—it's no longer cool to hate on Guy Fieri.”
(For the record, we’ve been riding hard for Guy Fieri ever since he dropped his debut single, “Donkey Sauce Flow,” back in 2015, but I digress.)
Anthony Bourdain is many things. He’s a chef, an author, a television host, and a jiu-jitsu champ. But one thing he is not, nor will he ever be, is “sorry”—especially when it comes to Guy Fieri. Tony has been attacking Flavortown with a blitzkrieg of zingers for years now, but in an interview with Uproxx on Thursday, the Parts Unknown host basically said Fieri had become low-hanging fruit.
“It’s almost too easy at this point,” he adds. “I’ve kind of got to find somebody else.”
If you’re the host of a mediocre show on the Food Network, I’d be very worried right about now.