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Who Is Guy Fieri And Why Is He In Toronto?
“Guy Fieri is the king. Guy Fieri changes lives."

Guy Fieri, apparently

Dear Guy Fieri, who are you? Why do you still think it’s 1998? Do you want diabetes? What are you doing in Toronto? Do you want to hangout? 

Guy Fieri is in Toronto today, causing some of these questions to inevitably course through the veins of Torontonians. Fieri, Food Network host extraordinaire, author, and celebrity chef, has made a name for himself by, according to the New York Times, bringing an “element of rowdy, mass-market culture to American food television.”  

He is in Toronto to host Chef’s Challenge: The Ultimate Battle for the Cure fundraiser at Mount Sinai Hospital on December 1st. He will also be filming a few episodes of his gastric-bypass-fueled TV show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Other than bringing his trademark “rowdy” spin on food programming to Toronto, he will be free to discover the city’s very own greasy spoons, diners, and dives. NOW Magazine compiled a list of the top five ‘joints’ Fieri should hit on his visit. Want to catch a glimpse of Fieri? He has been shooting at Caplansky’s Delicatessen on College Street, with rumours of him visiting The Lakeview and The Stockyards as well. 

Zane Caplansky, owner of Caplansky’s Delicatessen, told The Star that he wasn’t at liberty to discuss anything about Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives while in the midst of filming, but said, “Guy Fieri is the king. Guy Fieri changes lives. He’s made it cool to eat at my kind of restaurant.”

So, thanks for that, Guy Fieri. Just please don’t get barbeque sauce all over everything while you are here.

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Claudia McNeilly writes for the Toronto Standard. You can follow her on twitter at @claudiamcneilly

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