Guy Fieri has made a big name for himself as a star of numerous shows on the Food Network, and now his food can be found just outside of Nashville. The 53-year-old, who is the host of shows like Guy’s Grocery Games and Diners, Dive-Ins and Drives, among others, just launched a delivery-only restaurant, Flavortown Kitchen, in Franklin, Tennessee.
Fieri already has Flavortown restaurants scattered all across the United States, including California, Arizona, Pennsylvania and New York. The menu includes items like Jalapeño Pig Poppers, a Bacon Mac N’ Cheese Burger, Fried Pickles, a Chocolate Whiskey cake, and more — all decadent dishes that Fieri is drawn to, thanks to his childhood.
“I grew up in this little town in Northern California, amazing town called Ferndale,” Fieri recalled in a recent appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. “My parents were into macrobiotic cooking. It was mid-’70s, and it was steamed fish and bulgur. You name it. We didn’t have — none of my friends were too interested to come over and eat spinach pasta. No one had ever heard of it. My parents were both really good cooks, so I really appreciated great food. The deal was in my family, whoever cooked got to make the decision what we were going to have for dinner. I was kind of done with the steamed salmon.
— Late Night with Seth Meyers (@LateNightSeth) March 10, 2021
“So I started going to the grocery store, which was a little store in our town that you could sign the tab for,” he continued. “I went to John the butcher, and I said, ‘Hey, we gotta get some meat man. What do you think?’ And so I started cooking at a young age, about nine or ten, and that’s how it got started.”
Fieri has also been instrumental in raising money for restaurant workers, who have been largely out of work for a year, due to the pandemic. He raised more than $21 million, through the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, providing grants to restaurant workers in need.
Plans are also in the works for a Chicken Guy! restaurant to open at 2nd Avenue and Commerce Street. Find the Flavortown Kitchen menu here.