Longtime Food Network star Guy Fieri has garnered high praise on social media for his great efforts to financially assist unemployed restaurant workers in 2020, with some honoring Dinners, drive-ins and dives hosted “Do More Than Congress” to help those in need. Through its charity Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, Fieri personally sought donations from major PepsiCo corporate sponsors to Uber Eats. In just seven weeks, between March and August, Fieri had helped raise more than $ 21.5 million.
“Guy Fieri has raised $ 21.5 million for unemployed restaurant workers, which means Guy Fieri has done more for unemployed restaurant workers than Congress has done in the past 8 months,” tweeted Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments.
“Who would have thought that when 2020 comes to an end, we will see Dolly Parton & Guy Fieri to do what the government could not or did not want … ”country singer Joanie Reb tweeted in the same way, referring to Parton’s financial donations for a COVID vaccine.
“God bless #GuyFieri!” Van Hipp of American Defense International also said. “He’s already raised $ 21.5 million for unemployed restaurant workers and is standing by our Mom & Pop stores to keep them open.
Even comedian and actor Patton Oswalt was praised for tweeting, “Just your occasional reminder that @GuyFieri is a ridiculously good person who walks it up like he says so.”
Fieri will also examine the impact this year has left on restaurant employees in a new documentary released this month. Co-directed by Fieri and Frank Maston, Restaurant Hustle 2020: All On the Line previously screened at the DOC NYC virtual film festival prior to its television debut on the Food Network. The film specifically highlights the hardships and challenges facing chefs Maneet Chauhan, Antonia Lofaso, Marcus Samuelsson and Christian Petroni.
‘I’ve traveled coast to coast to visit thousands of restaurants across the country Dinners, drive-ins and dives, and after all this time on the road, it’s clear that restaurants are the heart and soul of their community, “Fieri said of the film.” When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the impact on the restaurant industry was immediate. Restaurant Hustle 2020: All On the Line offers a real and intimate firsthand look into the lives of four top restorers as they navigate through them. “
Fieri’s reputation for helping others also made headlines in Ohio this summer. In connection with the controversy over a statue of Christopher Columbus in the city, a petition was launched to rename Columbus, Ohio as Flavortown, since Fieri was born in Columbus. It may have been made fun of, but at the time of writing, more than 130,000 people have added their names to the petition.
“Why don’t you call the town Flavortown?” the petition asks. The new name is twofold. First, it pays homage to Central Ohio’s proud heritage as a culinary crossroads and as one of the country’s largest test markets for the food industry. Second, cheflebrity Guy Fieri was born in Columbus, bringing the city to life. given a name in his honor (he’s such a good guy) would be superior to the current nomenclature. “
Restaurant Hustle 2020: All On the Line premieres on the Food Network on Sunday, December 27 at 9 / 8c. Some of the details of this story come from Newsweek, and you can check out the petition to rename Columbus as Flavortown on Change.org.