He co-owns three restaurants in California ,  licenses his name to restaurants in New York City and Las Vegas, Nevada,  and is known for hosting various television series on the Food Network. By , The New York Times reported that Fieri had become the "face of the network", bringing an "element of rowdy, mass-market culture to American food television" and that his "prime-time shows attract more male viewers than any others on the network". He grew up in Ferndale in rural Humboldt County, California. During high school, he was a foreign exchange student in France, where he developed his interest in food and cooking. Fieri began his association with food in grade school in Ferndale, by selling pretzels from his "Awesome Pretzel" cart and washing dishes to finance his trip to France to study.
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The network has had its fair share of scandals. Here are some of the moments that made headlines:. Celebrity Paula Deen's comeback includes a new restaurant in Tenn. In , Paula Deen and her brother were sued by a former employee who claimed she was the victim of harassment. In a deposition, Deen admitted using the N-word and making jokes that could be perceived as racist. Deen issued an apology but the Food Network still decided to cut ties with the celeb chef after 11 years. Meanwhile, her cookbook sales began to soar.
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The paper relies on damning quotes from former "DDD" producer David Page who, among several grievances, claims Fieri exhibited homophobic behavior. From City Pages :. Fieri also needed protection from homosexuals, or at least advance warning. Early in the show's run, Page got a phone call from Fieri, who'd just walked out of a restaurant in a huff. Those people weird me out!
For me, watching the Food Network was always an easy escape from the stresses of daily life. There was just something calming about watching chefs in action, and this network had perfected Zen cooking. They'd often use a natural-light filter that made food appear delectable, as if the chefs were blissfully cooking their culinary delights in the sunlit designer kitchen of a tastefully decorated, impeccable home somewhere in the Hamptons. Well, with Ina Garten, that actually is the case. I've never been anywhere near a sunlit designer kitchen in the Hamptons, but I still found it all oddly soothing.