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Guy Fieri Admits That Donkey Sauce Is Just Aioli

The frosty-tipped magician finally reveals his secrets

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Along with wearing backward sunglasses and driving a red muscle car across America, Guy Fieri is famous for creating a mysterious substance known as Donkey Sauce. This tangy ooze flows freely throughout his Times Square culinary funhouse, and it can also be found smothering hamburger patties at his casino establishments and cruise ship restaurants around the world.

Previously, Fieri revealed the origin of the name — he jokingly called a fellow chef a “jackass” while preparing this sauce, and a lightbulb went off in his head, which also resembles a lightbulb. And now, in long interview with Thrillist in which the Spiky One shares his thoughts on health, fame, and empire building, Fieri finally addresses the make-up of his famous Donkey Sauce:

If we called it aioli, does that make it sexier? It's aioli. This goes back to that exact comment that I said in the beginning: it's about moderation. I called it Donkey Sauce because you have to make fun of it. It's a quintessential ingredient in so many aspects of food, yet probably not the most beneficial except for flavor, probably the least beneficial, but it does have its place. All food has its place.

This detail is somewhat surprising considering that aioli is often made with egg yolks, and Guy Fieri famously hates eggs. “That’s just not the way I like to party,“ he said earlier this year, when asked about his aversion.

In other Fieri news, the chef/winemaker is now hauling ass across the country in a gigantic RV with his family for a new TV show that might evoke a classic 80s comedy. Fieri explains: “I've always been a big fan of Chevy Chase in Vacation. I've always made the joke that we were gonna take a cross-country trip... I anticipate the same degree of jocularities, except for Aunt Edna.”
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