Food Network star Guy Fieri is taking his show -- and his rock and roll attitude -- on the road with The Guy Fieri Road Show, a 21-city tour that combines Guy's love of music and his passion for food. The tour will hit the Mesa Arts Center on Friday, December 18, with tickets ranging from $38-248.
"My shows have never been normal," Guy said in a phone call on the way to the tour's first stop in New England. "One of the things I'm jonesing for is music. So I thought, 'why don't we take this on the road, hang out and talk about food you love'."
went on to host three Food Network shows: Guy's Big Bite, Guy Off the Hook and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, the latter of which spawned two bestselling books.
Each roadshow will begin with a cooking demo from a local chef. Arizona's pick is Chef John Conley of Salsa Brava in Flagstaff (strange that they didn't select Matt Pool, who was also featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives). There will also be a margarita building showcase with Australian flairtender Hayden "Woody" Wood and audience Q&A with Guy. "There's no way it will be the same show twice. It's so run by the audience that it will be different in each city," says Guy.
A big part of the show is the music Guy culled from his stock of 5,000+ tunes. He's hoping his soundtrack will inspire the audience to get up and dance -- even if he doesn't bust a move himself. "I don't know if you can call what [I do] dancing," he quips. "People might think I'm having an issue or something."
camping in his RV with his wife and kids. And we know exactly who'll be making the turkey dinner.
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"I'm the one that cooks. I've been sending recipes back to my wife so they're ready when I get back," Guy tells New Times. "We're having a traditional turkey dinner, with my own variations of stuff -- pasta, sides, bourbon turkey..." Yum! Too bad we couldn't score an invite. Guy also readily admits to having tried, and liked, one of man's craziest culinary inventions: the turducken. It's a small deboned chicken stuffed into a duck inside a turkey. "I love turducken. I usually have it at the Alpine Steak House," he says. "One year I made a turducken. It took me three hours to make and 16 hours to cook!"
With five restaurants, two books, three television shows and a cookbook due out in 2010, why on earth would he want to pack more into his schedule? Guy responds, "That's what my wife asked me when I came up with this idea. I've been gifted to have shows on Food Network. I love cooking. I love performing. I want to go around and see my fans, since they don't really get to see the show live unless they come to New York."
The Guy Fieri Road Show rolls into the Mesa Arts Center on Friday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $38 for regular admission; $148-$248 for VIP packages. Visit www.mesaartscenter.com for tickets.