uy Fieri woke up at 2AM to the smell of thick smoke outside his Sonoma home. He and his wife packed up their truck with their dogs and evacuated as quickly as they could. Their house was spared from the horrific fires burning through Northern California, but the same couldn't be said for their neighbors just a couple blocks over in the small town of Santa Rosa.
Santa Rosa is Fieri's hometown.
It’s where he grew up and started his restaurants. When so many people were in trouble there, he knew he had to help.
So he stopped what he was doing to set up shop temporarily in Sonoma. He gathered a team and used a mobile grill to serve meals to evacuees and volunteers.
Fieri teamed up with Salvation Army and has been preparing over 5,000 meals a day. He said,”I’ve got a lot of people coming together and a lot of great chefs are going to come and help. We’re going to make people happy. We’re going to give them a little moment. I think food is always — we call it comfort food because it makes you feel good.”
But of course, people found a way to be angry at the Mayor of Flavortown for his good deeds.
They said that it was insensitive that he used a BBQ to prepare his meals since people had just lost their homes in a wildfire. But wait, how do you prepare a ton of food on the fly without a BBQ? Is there some sort of toaster technology that we don’t know about? Would they have preferred that Fieri cook each meal individually in thousands of tiny toaster ovens?
This guy suggested soup would be a better, less insensitive option.
People responded, saying that soup just wouldn’t cut it for people doing physical labor all day. Is this guy just a troll, or does he really believe that Guy Fieri BBQing for needy people is rude?
Either way, he is a...
Fieri isn’t looking for attention. “This isn’t a PR stunt,” he said. “You don’t see my banners up. I’m not promoting anything. I’m just here cooking. This is feeding people. People need help, and I’m here to help. That’s it.”
Fieri is doing a lot of good work, out of the kindness of his heart for these people. That’s more than can be said for some…