Guy Fieri killed it in 2017. The Mayor of Flavortown, the Prince of Platinum, the Sultan of Spikes, the Oligarch of Oakleys, Fieri had a big year that included the 10-year anniversary of his ubiquitous Food Network travel show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (“I’m just out there,” Fieri told Thrillist in a look back at the show. “I’ve always been witty. I’ve always had fun. I’ve always had fun with it. This is the truth”).
But in addition to celebrating that major benchmark, 2017 also saw Fieri making new restaurant plans, breathing life into old restaurant chains, getting more exposure on television, and committing some seriously good deeds. Here, now, are six of the best Fieri stories from the past 12 months.
Guy Saved Planet Hollywood With an Injection of Donkey Sauce
Planet Hollywood, the restaurant chain inspired by Tinsel Town, was a big deal back in the 1990s, but it’s been struggling in recent years and is now down to only six locations. Enter Guy, who was called on in January to create his own menu for Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney World in Orlando. The Bacon Mac-N-Cheese Burger, which is topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and Donkey Sauce, perfectly embodies this revamp. It must be only a matter of time before Planet Hollywood is once again ranked among the world’s great dining establishments.