Guy Fieri Plugs Vegetarian Diet (Seriously)
Is Food Network star, Guy Fieri, a vegetarian? Well, not quite. But he does think we should be eating more veggies.
The bleached-haired, hot rod-riding restauranteur revealed some surprising facts about his grocery list to the Washington City Paper this week. In town for D.C.’s Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show, Fieri told the publication that he’s actually vegetarian-centric. Seriously.
“I’m a big vegetable fan. I’m a kale junkie. I love all my veggies,” Fieri says, admitting that he wasn’t always such a lover of greens. “My parents were vegetarian when I was a kid, and I wasn’t participating in vegetarianism. That was not going to work for me. But now, I make more of my meals vegetable-centric than I do protein-centric. We don’t eat enough veggies. We’ve got to eat more raw.”
When asked if he’ll ever go paleo or vegan, the host of “Diners, Dives and Drive-Ins” says not quite…but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have mad respect for vegetables.
“I lost my little sister to cancer three and a half years ago, and she was vegetarian. And so while she was going through cancer treatment, I was cooking for her and so I really had to learn a lot about working with raw and working with vegetables and all of these simple but phenomenal possibilities—especially working with whole grains,” he says, adding that, even though he hasn’t given up burgers and ribs on “triple D,” he still wants to show his viewers an alternative eating lifestyle.
“You’ll see a couple shows coming up where I do a tofu burger. I’m trying to get it in there where people can see some of these alternatives that are going on in the food world.”
Call us impressed, Guy! More tofu burgers, please!