Your best friend just got fired from her restaurant job in Long Beach, California, but she's got a lot of friends still working there and the food is really good. So she asks you if you want to get something to eat with her at her previous place of employment. You say sure, but when you get there, her boss is restaurateur, Guy Fieri. He has no social media presence, net worth, or Hollywood status yet, but he tells you both to leave. You stick up for your friend and say no. This is not a bizarre dream. This is how Lori Fieri met her husband.
Guy Fieri told this adorable story to Delish back in 2017. He refers to his wife of over 25 years as "this blue-eyed, blonde girl giving me this mean mug." Guy said he just knew that she was the one for him. Awwww.
Lori was on a cross-country road trip when she met the not-yet-famous chef who would become her future husband. We don't know much about the early life of Guy Fieri's wife Lori, but we do know that she grew up in North Providence Rhode Island and was headed to San Diego when she met Guy.
How else would Guy Fieri woo his future wife? Through her stomach, of course. He cooked for her on their first date.
Guy told Delish in 2017,
"I don't remember what I made, but I do remember it was quite an epic time," he said. "The first time I cooked for her, she was just like, 'You made all this?' We both love food, so being able to cook, that was one of the things that impressed her."
Starting the Fieri Family
Guy and Lori got married in 1995, three years after that first meeting. Not only the bride changed her name after they got married. Guy legally changed his name from "Ferry" to "Fieri" which was his grandfather's name before it was changed on Ellis Island in New York when he arrived from Italy. Lori Brisson filled out the name change paperwork too and Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Lori Fieri were born, AKA The Mayor and First Lady of Flavortown.
One year later, their son Hunter Fieri was born. Another birth of sorts happened that year too. In 1996, Guy opened his very first restaurant called Johnny Garlic's in Santa Rosa, California.
In 2005, Ryder Fieri was born. The new Fieri family of four was about to have even more success when Guy won the second season of "Food Network Star" in 2006. That same year he began filming his first hit show for the Food Network, "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives."
There would be many more TV shows including "Guy's Big Bite," "Guy's Family Cruise," "Guy's Grocery Games" and "Guy's Family Road Trip." All of this success was with his wife Lori Fieri by his side. But guess what? Lori can cook too. She may not be a famous chef but she makes a mean linguine with clams, as well as top sirloin with egg noodles and gravy.
Lori and Guy credit their long lasting marriage to lots of compromise and understanding. Lori and Guy have been together from before he was a celebrity chef with those famous frosted tips. In fact, he had dark hair and dressed very differently when they first met.
Lori told People in 2019:
"He wore a suit to work every day," Lori said. "Now I look at him, and I'm like, 'Where's that man I married with the whole clean look?"
Guy's famous blonde hair was the result of a stylist experimenting with hair color and it all happened by accident. It was supposed to be temporary. We all know how that turned out.
"I always say, 'When are you going to change your haircut?' But it stuck and it's him," Lori said. "I tease him every once in a while. And I do want a little change sometimes. But that's like me changing my hair to black. I mean, I'm not going to do that for him, so."
Lori is Guy's biggest cheerleader. The best example of this is when Guy was approached by Carnival Cruise Ships to open a restaurant on one of their humongous sailing vessels. Guy wasn't really interested in the idea at all. But after some thought and a push from Guy's father to try something different, the Fieri family boarded the ship.
Guy came up with the crazy idea of doing a pop-up restaurant to get a feel for food on the high seas. In three hours, they served 7000 hamburgers and had a great time doing it. Guy now has 19 restaurants on Carnival cruise ships.
Even though Lori Fieri tends to keep a low profile, she is front and center in Guy's heart and head cheering him on.
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