The Real-Life Diet of Guy Fieri, Who Balances Comfort Food With CrossFit

When Guy Fieri says “if you’re going to eat something, eat the best,” it’s easy to believe his diet consists solely of the greatest comfort foods the world has to offer. But hosting 14 different shows—most notably the long-running Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives—is a lot of work, and keeping up with that grind means taking care with what you put into your body.

In between a break of shooting Season 3 of Food Network’s Tournament of Champions, GQ caught up with the hardest working chef on cable television to discuss the dinner debates in his household, why he’s a believer of CrossFit and HIIT, and what to serve if you’re hosting the Super Bowl party this year. 

GQ: What does a typical day of eating look like for you?

Guy Fieri: I usually get up about six a.m. and I have my Americano. I love really good coffee and I’ll have a cup. I would love to have three, but that doesn’t do the best for me. I try to exercise four days out of the week. I usually don’t eat until lunch. I’m not an early morning hungry guy and I’m not a late-night hungry guy. It’s funny because if you go out with all your buddies, if you’re coming back from a concert and they’re stopping to get something to eat, I’m like, “I want to go to bed.” Even in college I was that way. Since I have a lot going on with restaurants, shows, and my foundation, lunch is pretty light—something raw. 

People always think that I must just eat deep-fried pizzas and cheeseburgers for lunch but I’m a big salad fan, big sushi fan, and Thai food fan. Lunch is always set up to contrast dinner. So, if I know we’re going to be doing a big dinner, like barbecue, steak, or Asian food, I’ll make sure I don’t eat Thai for lunch. I typically cook every meal in the home. I don’t eat out a lot because I’m usually on the road eating out. When I’m home, I cook. It’s kind of eclectic and chaotic and my wife doesn’t always understand why I cook nine things and she’s left with where to store it.

Where does all that food go? 

We have two refrigerators at the house. We have the family fridge, which is on the right-hand side of the kitchen. That’s where the condiments and normal stuff is. On the left-hand side, that’s my fridge and that has all the experiments, the things that are brining, pickled, or left over when I thought it was a great idea to make turkey pastrami. 

How is dinner decided in the Fieri household?

Dinner is an ongoing debate in our family. We start in the morning with the family offering their suggestions on what we should have. My youngest son Ryder always likes to propose pizza. I believe he actually thinks pizza is a food group. My oldest son Hunter, me, and him are big fans of Asian food and that’s anything Korean, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese. My wife is a little bit all-American. She’s more roasted chicken, potatoes, asparagus. 

You get to eat some of the best comfort food in the world, so do you have a favorite when it comes to snacking? 

I’m a big pretzel fan to the point that when I was a little kid, I had a business called The Awesome Pretzel Cart. I sold the big New York-style soft pretzels. They’re salty, soft and I’m a huge fan of mustard with them. I love beef jerky. I’m a big believer that if you’re going to eat something, eat the best. Don’t go waste yourself on some imposter. It’s got to be the real deal. 

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