Chef, restaurateur, New York Times Best-Selling author and Emmy Award-winning host, Guy Fieri, 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, Guy earned enough money to study abroad as an exchange student in Chantilly, France. It is in France were 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, California with business partner Steve Gruber. Since the opening of the first Johnny Garlics, Guy has gone on to create a culinary empire, including Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in New York, Guy’s Burger Joint a partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines, Guy’s Las Vegas Kitchen & Bar, Guy’s Chophouse in Atlantic City and the newly opened Guy’s Baltimore Kitchen & Bar. 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, Guy’s Big Bite, and guest judges on Next Food Network Star. Guy also collaborates with Rachael Ray in the star kid-friendly competition series, Rachael vs. Guy: Kids. Guy attended University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management.
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