Unflappable human Furby® Guy Fieri opened his monstrous 500-seat NYC restaurant Guy's American Kitchen and Bar back in September, and the critics have not been kind. From Gael Greene to Anthony Bourdain to Steve Cuozzo to Eater's own Talia Baiocchi, even bloggers and Yelpers, the general consensus is that Flavortown is more like Dullsville.
"Like with any new restaurant, the city's elite and often judgmental food critics have been harsh on the chef," said CBS This Morning's Norah O'Donnell, calling Fieri "admittedly more Pabst Blue Ribbon than Pinot Noir." During a segment about Fieri's NYC expansion, she asks Fieri: "Someone came to the restaurant and said they wouldn't serve the food to their cat, how did that make you feel?" (She was referencing Cuozzo's review in which he wrote "I wouldn't feed the mess to a cat.")
Fieri replied: "Well, they must not like their cat very much... I know what I make, I know how I cook. I know the success of my food. I mean, you can't have eight restaurants and be doing it wrong, or that wrong." Steve Cuozzo's cat is presumably still safe. Here's the video:
Video: Celeb chef Guy Fieri talks diners and takes on critics
· Celeb chef Guy Fieri talks diners and takes on critics [CBS]
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