Every industry has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, and the food web is no exception. In a world of social distancing and masks, network leaders had to look for ways to provide new content and resurrect old shows at a time when they could not shoot as usual.
Several Food Network shows were affected by this, but one of the strangest examples was the observation of Food Network Superstar Guy Fieri Guy’s Food Games with his sons. The results were mixed.
The Guy Fieri brand
Fieri is not known for his cooking the way Bobby Flay or Rachel Ray are. Although he made his mark in the industry with his restaurants and appearance Food star, his most important selling point was his charisma and impudent personality.
In an industry full of well-groomed people with high eyebrow flavors, tattooed, white-haired Fieri can sell food to the common man.
Although Fieri has cooked several times, his most successful shows include his ability to sell his work to others. Anyone who has turned on the Food Network this afternoon has probably seen Fieri visit restaurants across the country. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dive, or as Fieri calls it DDD.
On DDD, Fieri illuminates small restaurants that may not be well known outside local markets and exhibits them internationally
On Guy’s Food Games or YYYYFieri is trying out as a host of culinary games. A mix between food competitions like Sliced and the classic game show Supermarket cleaning, GGG includes chefs from around the world who compete in a grocery store.
With Fieri at the helm, competitors have to face a few crooked balls as they shop through the market and execute the dish they have to make.
However, when COVID-19 effectively shut down the television industry, the show’s producers had to step up.
How Guy Fieri handles COVID-19
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Several of Food Network’s largest programs have found a way to deal with COVID-19. Culinary talk show The kitchen the hosts are housewives from the comfort of their own homes, where they break dishes either in their kitchens or on the grill for the world to see.
Fieri himself entered his kitchen when he hosted a special DDD where restaurant owners have taught him how to cook his greatest meals remotely. However, competitions are more difficult to imitate.
Following in the footsteps of other racing shows, Food Network decided that the constantly charismatic Fieri would watch the show with his sons and discuss what was happening to them.
It seems that this should be a helmet for the network and its biggest star. However, as Reddit users noted, this was not the case.
Many on Reddit found the show’s special quarantine edition awkward, and Fieri’s teasing of his sons felt awkward and forced. From speculation about the host to complaints about forcing his family members into the audience, Reddit users have complained about the show and its awkward performance.
However, as some begin to calm down and prepare for a long virus, YYYY they seem to be returning, albeit with social distance and safety on top of their problems.
The Return of Guy’s Food Games
Fieri was in many ways the star of the pandemic. He was among the loudest and most generous voices when it came to helping restaurant workers without having to deal with their finances. This included people who worked in his own restaurants in the country. When it came to YYYY, however, everything was motionless.
In an interview with Fox News, Fieri announced this YYYY he was returning with a unique twist. Delivery to GGG they will see chefs working from the safety of their own home while food is delivered to them.
“What we do is send boxes of food to our chefs at home and then give them the challenges they have to play with using food,” Fieri told the network. “Fortunately, to give some people some work, to give some chefs some recognition, to give some fans fun – you name it all!”
It may take some time for the food network, like everything else, to return to normal. In the meantime, however, the network is coping with what they have. It can be awkward and annoying.
And yet, with so many networks claiming to do DIY without their regular crews, we can expect more entertainment like this from around the world.