Chef adds some spice to golf tournament
July 19, 2009
Food Network star Guy Fieri brought the heat to the American Century Championship on Saturday.
“We have about 100 pounds of pork that we’re getting ready to make into about 400 sandwiches,” Fieri said. “I brought my culinary crew up here. We all run together with the Culinary Gangsters.”
Fieri served up Pork el Fuego sandwiches – pork tenderloin with garlic, onions, peppers, tomatoes with a tequila-lime glaze served on a ciabatta roll.
“We had to make a real decision about what we’re going to do here,” Fieri said. “We’re out here, in some heat, in Tahoe, there’s a lot of factors.”
Fieri stars on multiple Food Network shows, including “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” “Guy’s Big Bite” and “Guy Off the Hook.” He has five restaurants in the Sacramento area and in wine country.
Fieri said he hasn’t been to any Tahoe diners or dives for his show, but welcomes any suggestions.
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“The real tough thing is when I have to go to a place like Tahoe, maybe in the winter and shoot the show and I could snowboard,” Fieri said.
Spicy sandwiches weren’t the only Fieri trademark. He rolled up to the 17th hole in his monster cart.
The cart has a stereo, lift kit, big tires and is equipped with nitro.
“And actually here’s the funny thing about it: It’s licensed to be on the road,” Fieri said. “That’s scary.”
Fieri cranked the monster cart’s stereo while the Culinary Gangsters were serving up sandwiches for the hungry crowd.
“I don’t know why people want it quiet when they golf,” Fieri said. “Me – I call it ‘Happy Gilmore’ style, if you make a little noise I’m not on edge and shaking.”
Fieri made sure the spectators enjoyed the food, and prepared a few sandwiches for the other celebrities making their way down the 17th fairway.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell stopped for a quick bite, and shot off Fieri’s T-shirt gun.
Fieri had been shooting the T-shirt gun early, but had to suspend his shooting so the players could tee-off.
“You can’t go to an event like this without loud music, lifted golf carts, spiky hair, sunglasses and a T-shirt gun,” Fieri said.