The Accidental American Genius of Guy Fieri

Jul 07, 2016 699

By Hua Hsu

At some point I realized that I had accidentally watched every episode of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." The series, which airs, with an oddly comforting relentlessness, on the Food Network, bills itself as a road trip highlighting America's unheralded small-town haunts.

Its primary appeal, though, is its host, the chef and restaurateur Guy Fieri, who is famed for his frosted tips and wraparound shades, his garish rings and medium-rare complexion, and for the way he hails every new guest with a series of awed catchphrases, delivered with an all-caps, boldface chumminess.

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