LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 12: Guy Fieri attends the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Festival at Crypto.com Arena on February 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Bud Light)
The Food Competition Trend Guy Fieri Almost Beat To The Punch
By Arianna Endicott
Guy Fieri has been on Food Network since the 2006 premiere of his show, "Guy's Big Bite," and can now be seen hosting "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives," as well as has his own competition show, "Guy's Grocery Games." Though Fieri is seen having fun on "Guy's Grocery Game," he had his original competition pitch rejected, and as it turns out, he was just ahead of the trend.
Noticing that his children enjoyed helping out in the kitchen, Fieri was inspired to create a show involving children cooking. He noted in an interview that he pitched the show idea as soon as he was brought on to the network, but Food Network's executives were less than thrilled with it and were quick to turn the idea down.
Today, several major networks are seen embracing the trend, and Food Network itself hosts various kids’ cooking shows, including "Kids Baking Championship" and "Chopped Junior," both of which premiered in 2015. Despite having his idea initially turned down, Fieri doesn't hold any resentment towards Food Network, and he is, in fact, excited that they’re onboard.