The spiky-haired Food Network star Guy Fieri joined the ranks of some of television’s most legendary contributors last Wednesday by receiving a Peabody Award for his show Guy Off the Hook. The chef, who rose to national prominence after winning as a contestant on The Next Food Network Star, has garnered critical acclaim for his three other Food Network shows: Guy’s Big Bite, Ultimate Recipe Showdown, and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. But it was this latest work, taped in front of a live studio audience, that finally earned him the official recognition many feel is long overdue. He joins the ranks of 60 Minutes, CNN’s coverage of the earthquake in Haiti, and a PBS documentary about deaf prisoners who form a reggae band, among other winners.
“Guy clearly digs hangin’ with the regular folks, who are livin’ life ‘on point,’ and ‘off the hook,'” said the director of the Peabody Awards program. “Our deliberations seek excellence on its own terms, and Guy clearly has achieved that.”