Guy Fieri’s new special for Discovery’s Shark Week begins with the celebrity chef and his son, Hunter, standing on the prow of a ship called the U.S.S. Flavortown with shark-bait bazookas in their hands aimed at the water — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg for this truly gonzo hour of television.
The conceit of Guy Fieri’s Feeding Frenzy is that the Spiky One wants to learn what makes sharks the most “skilled eaters in the ocean,” and treat them to an “epic all-you-can-eat seafood buffet.” And since the Triple D host often goes on adrenaline-fueled adventures with his eldest son, he thought it might be a good idea to bring Hunter along for this trip to the Bahamas.
Papa and son take four dives into the briny deep to observe the sharks in their natural habitat. During the first two dives, the dudes watch the sharks feast upon whole fish and also frozen “chumsicles.” Things start to get a little dodgy on the second dive when the finned predators begin acting “completely different,” according to the safety diver accompanying the Fieris. But it’s the third dive that proves to be the most dangerous for the Triple D host, because a leak in Fieri’s air tank sends his oxygen level plummeting.
The members of the dive squad tell Fieri to return to the ship but, as fate would have it, the ravenous silky sharks are obstructing his escape route. Miraculously, our hero manages to navigate around the group of apex predators, and swim back up to the surface before his oxygen tank runs out. “I could barely breathe,” Fieri remarks after climbing aboard the U.S.S Flavortown. “I was huffing and puffing down there.”
But that’s not the only scary moment that Fieri faces on his maritime odyssey: While swimming in a particularly murky part of the ocean that’s 6,000 feet deep, the Platinum Prince starts sinking downward, away from the rest of his pack, right as a massive tiger shark enters the picture. “Guy is separated from the rest of his team at the worst possible moment,” the narrator explains. “Guy is sinking into the tongue’s abyss.” Thankfully, the divers manage to reconnect with Guy and bring him back to safety right as the tiger shark glides past them.
In between these near-death experiences, the Fieris also sample some local cuisine at Nassau favorite Curly’s Kitchen. And, while out at sea, Guy and Hunter also learn how to make ceviche from poisonous, spear-caught lionfish.