To most of the world, Guy Fieri is one of the biggest success stories to come out of the Next Food Network Star competition and the current host of five television shows, but to Sonoma, he is a resident and restaurateur.
Guy Fieri (‘Fee-eddy’) called was born and raised in Sonoma. He called it home before he ever stepped foot on the stage of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, shared recipes on Guy’s Big Bite, played up the parking lot food on Tailgate Warriors, gave away money on Minute to Win It, or competed against Rachael Ray’s team on Celebrity Cookoff.
The Fieri family, which includes wife Lori and sons Hunter and Ryder, has a home in Sonoma. Guy Fieri even built a house next door to his for his parents and his nephew. (his sister passed away in 2011 after a long battle with melanoma). He even stays in the area for family getaways as he also has a cabin up north that requires a boat to reach it. It’s a place to relax and recharge in since there’s no electricity and no phones are allowed.
“It would certainly make life easier to live in San Francisco, LA or New York considering how much I travel,” admits Fieri, “but the convenience isn’t worth taking my family away from this.”
It’s not all play for Fieri when he’s in Sonoma. Together with business partner Steve Gruber, he has opened three locations of Johnny Garlic’s Restaurant and one Tex Wasabi’s, a combination of California sushi and Southern barbecue.
When asked if he was planning to build more in the area, he responded, “I have three restaurants in Sonoma County. It’s a great environment for restaurants, but I don’t want to overdo it.”
Fieri believes that Sonoma doesn’t get enough credit for its food, “NorCal is recognized for Napa – which is an amazing place – but Sonoma County has its own style. People need to come and check it out. From independent restaurants to the quaint towns – it’s got it going on.”