Savannah Guthrie made the pilgrimage from 30 Rock to Times Square this morning to speak with Guy Fieri from right inside Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar. He took a red-eye from Los Angeles just for the exclusive Today Show interview, in which he officially responded to Pete Wells’ review of his restaurant. Here’s a snippet of Guy’s retort:
“I just thought it was ridiculous. I’ve read reviews. There’s good and there’s bad in the restaurant business. But that to me went so overboard, it really seemed like there was another agenda…The tone? The sarcasm? The questions style? I think we all know what’s going on here. He came in with a different agenda. He came in four times to a restaurant that’s been open two months. That’s tough times, especially for this size of a restaurant.”
He also acknowledges that, like all restaurateurs, he’s not pleased with absolutely every single aspect of his food, but, he assured us, he’s totally hands-on, unlike all those other chefs present at their restaurants in-name-only.
For Guy’s full response, plus Joe Bastianich’s two cents (he’s the segment’s “expert consultant”), check out the whole interview below.
UPDATE: An awkward addendum to this tale — the day that the review was printed, The New York Times hosted a party at Guy’s American Bar and Grill.
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