Guy Fieri’s Big Gay Wedding. Wait, What?

So Art Smith decided to host a mass wedding of lots of gay couples at a food festival in Miami, which is kinda cool. It’s hard not to love Art Smith. But then he decides that the officiant at those wedding should be…Guy Fieri. Seriously? Yep.

How do you make a free wedding for 101 gay couples even bigger? Simple: Ask Guy Fieri to be the officiant.

The Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives star will be officiating the 101 Gay Weddings event in Miami on Saturday, which is taking place during the annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

The group wedding will be hosted by chef Art Smith and will also feature a one-of-a-kind wedding cake by Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman, creator of this the world’s largest cheesecake as well as the bright confections in Katy Perry’s “Birthday” music video. The event will take place at The James Royal Palm.

Congratulations, couples! You’ve fought long and hard for equality and the right to get married and now your wedding will be presided over by a Monchichi doll that sprang to life to become the king of shitty food and even shittier television. You may now kiss your spouse, cover them in donkey sauce and take your honeymoon in Flavortown, featuring his Kicked Up Punk Rock Reggie’s triple X pork honk with Tuscan-style beef taffy. It’ll be off the chain. Then maybe enjoy a nice Kwanzaa cake from Sandra Lee.

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  • http://cycleninja.blogspot.com cycleninja

    The only thing flamin’ about Fieri is his shirt.

  • Tony! The Queer Shoop

    Sounds like Ed doesnt care for Guy. Ive seen a lot of comments over the years in the same vein but have not fully understood the dislike of the guy.

  • tbp1

    I’m not exactly a fan of Fieri, but I don’t get the hatred so many people seem to have for him.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    … this the world’s largest cheesecake …

    Shouldn’t they have a big beefcake for the guys, too?

  • grumpyoldfart

    They should get someone to dress up like the Reverend Moon and give their mass wedding some real class.

  • Nick Gotts

    Who he?

  • Alverant

    What’s wrong with Guy? I know he can be a little over the top, but it’s all in good fun. At least he’s helping small businesses across the country.

  • grumpyoldfart

    He’s the man who turned mass weddings into the farce they are today. Google him.

  • Larry

    And don’t forget. Wear your sunglasses on the back of your head!

  • Trebuchet

    I’ve always thought the glasses were more on the back of his neck. He says it’s to keep them from falling in the soup!

  • Chiroptera

    Well, I’m guessing that the couples who will take part in this are fans of Guy Fieri and so this event will be a happy and memorable event for them. Which is what matters.

  • cottonnero

    I’m in favor of it. True equality won’t come until gay weddings can be cheapened by ratings stunts just like straight ones can be.

  • robertfaber

    In 2011, Guy was accused of being anti-gay:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/19/guy-fieri-homophobia_n_1020736.html

    As Food Network is strongly on the side of LGBT rights, I think this is a publicity stunt to sanitize those rumors. Or heck, it’s been four years, maybe he has “evolved”?

  • my2cents

    I’ve never understood the hatred for Guy Fieri. I’ve heard the food at his chain restaurants is horrible but his Diner’s Drive inns and dives show basically makes small owned restaurants that serve good food make a ton of money. I’ve never seen him be a gigantic condescending dickhead like Anthony Bourdain who has been his most vocal critic.

    I guess it’s just cool to hate him in the same vein that it’s cool to hate Nickelback. For Nickelback it’s “all their music sounds the same” and for Guy it’s “His food sucks and he has sun glasses tan” but neither of those really call for such outright hatred.

  • abb3w

    I think Guy is far more of a showman than a chef for me to have any profound respect, but even though the featured menus are seldom exactly “healthy”, and his praise is so effusive as to verge on efflusive, his “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” seems a fun show that highlights some tasty food. His “Grocery Games” similarly seems no worse than several other cooking competitions. He strikes me as a culinary hack, but an honest, hardworking, and forthright one, and seems likely a decent chap behind the persona.

    I really preferred the sort of educational fare that Alton Brown’s “Good Eats” used to exemplify; nohow, after around 250 episodes there’s only just so much new that people could be learning about.

  • my2cents

    Abb3w “Good Eats” is far and away my favorite cooking show of all time. It bridges my sciencey geekness with my love for cooking. How could you ever top that?

  • tomh

    Fieri’s doing it in honor of his late (lesbian) sister, whom he adored.

  • Alverant

    Yeah, I’d rather watch Triple D than Throwdown with Bobby Flay. I hated that show. I only watched it because he lost 2/3 of the time. For those who never saw it, they trick some locally famous chef into doing a “Food Network Special” featuring their signature dish. Then Flay comes down and does a surprise competition to see who’s better. Basically it’s “I can do a better job than you even though you’ve been doing this for years and I haven’t, I’m just that good”. It’s why I like it when he loses. The worst episode was doing my favorite Indian dish and he went up against a woman who’s recipe was her pride and joy. Flay was all, “This is the second time I did this.” and he won. The poor woman was breaking down crying. To Flay’s credit, the crew left the restaurant quickly. I like to think he realized what his show as about and ended it there.

    I like to think Guy’s attitude towards gays had improved given the number and variety of people he’s met. Or maybe he’s good at keeping it hidden. But I’m with abb3w, bring back a show like Good Eats that goes into the science and history of cooking. AB taught about cooking not just how to do it. He encourages people to experiment instead of blindly following recipes. They should do a “Good Eats Reloaded” where episodes are modified to reflect things that have been learned since the initial shooting.

  • John Pieret

    Another vote for “Good Eats” here. The best cooking show since Julia Child.

  • regexp

    Could of been worse – it could be Bobby Flay. Talk about a hack. For while I love me some Good Eats – Alton Brown likes to talk about his evangelical faith more and more these days. And between whoring himself out to whatever FoodTV throws at him – he likes telling off color gay jokes.

  • John Pieret

    regexp:

    Alton Brown likes to talk about his evangelical faith more and more these days

    That takes me a bit by surprise. His on-camera persona seemed too irreverent and subversive to fit my impression of evangelicals.

    And between whoring himself out to whatever FoodTV throws at him

    I was sad when he stated hosting Iron Chef and his new one looks just as gimmicky but even tackier.

    he likes telling off color gay jokes.

    That makes me even sadder.

  • Alverant

    To be fair Good Eats did end some time ago. People change. Maybe regexp is right. I hope he isn’t because I would be very disappointed in a person I respected. I listened to his podcast and at the end he sounded very disappointed in humanity and even a bit depressed. What this might have led to, who knows. I agree his new show is tackier. I tried a few episodes but couldn’t take how the object of the game is to sabotage the other players. It felt so mean spirited.

    Could it be he’s pulling a Beiber, intentionally trying to squash his nice-guy image because he think’s he’s been typecast and/or trying to escape his past?

  • Synfandel

    my2cents wrote:

    I guess it’s just cool to hate him in the same vein that it’s cool to hate Nickelback.

    I don’t care whether or not it’s cool and I really have nothing against Guy Fieri, but Nickelback truly sucks.

  • http://raisinghellions.wordpress.com/ Lou “Weegee” Doench,

    One of my favorite local places, Melt in Cincinnati was featured on DDD and the staff there said he was a great guy. That being said his public persona is nails on a chalkboard cheesy and his rise at the food network signaled their shift from “we’re going to entertain you by showing you how to cook or find great food” yo “we’re going to entertain you by BEING ENTERTAINING TO THE MAX!”

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty — Survivor

    Throwing in another vote for Good Eats.

    Cooking is just chemistry with food, which makes it science!

  • carlie

    Liked Good Eats, do not like Alton Brown. In addition to what was said already, I’ve heard him in a few interviews (one an hour long), and he comes off as entitled and snobbish. Bah.

    Love the reference to Sandra Lee. If anyone doesn’t know it, behold the amalgam of hideousness that is her Kwanzaa cake.

  • http://sidhe3141.blogspot.com JamesY2

    Pretty much all I know about Fieri is that he’s involved in that conspiracy theory about Betty Crocker’s evil scheme to install double Juggalo presidents.

  • marcus

    I’m with cottonnero @ 12. It part of the mainstreaming and normalizing of something that really shouldn’t be remarkable at all, except for the people involved. Gay people have the same right to have a tasteless and tacky wedding as anyone else.

    Lesbian Elvis where are you?

  • LightningRose

    This is just the sort of comment I would expect from a washed up hack comic envious of another’s success.

    Ed, you can, and should, be better than this.

  • heddle

    Oh man, I would love to have the DDD job. Driving around in a ’67 Camero convertible, being treated like royalty, and subsisting on comfort food! A dream gig.

    I have to say, however, that I’ve been to two DDD featured eateries in the area, one a 50’s-diner in Norfolk (It was great) and another a fried chicken place in Portsmouth (VA) which was friggin’ awful–I mean the chicken at the hot bar in the local super market is way better.

  • tomh

    @ #25

    I think the best cooking show that incorporates science now, is on PBS, “Cook’s Country,” with Christopher Kimball.

  • marcus

    @31 I’ve always found excellent recipes in Cook’s Illustrated and other America’s Test Kitchen offerings. They were my mainstay when I was cooking for an upscale wilderness lodge in Northern California for several years. His recipes have never let me down.

  • marcus

    Italics fail (but you knew that)

  • http://saltycurrent.blogspot.com SC (Salty Current)

    I’ve only seen a few episodes, but I’ve been unexpectedly impressed with “Booze Traveler” on the Travel Channel. As a vegan, I find some segments unwatchable (better than cooking shows, which have all become unwatchable to me), but it offers some fascinating history and politics.

  • tomh

    @ #32

    Absolutely agree. I subscribed to Cook’s Illustrated many years ago, and only recently learned they were still in business.

  • http://raisinghellions.wordpress.com/ Lou “Weegee” Doench,

    @35 Still in business? The Cooks Illustrated empire now encompasses two TV shows, America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country, Three Magazines, three distinct lines of cookbooks and a weekly radio show. In fact I think you can trace the rise of Christopher Kimbal’s publishing enterprise… one that is expanding in the face of contraction of the rest of the magazine industry to exactly the rise and fall of the Food Network. FN made cooking TV popular again with shows like Emeril Live, Rachel Ray, Mario Batali and Good Eats, shows that still showed you how to cook, and ATK rode that wave until it crested with the selection of Guy Fieri as the second winner of The Next Food Network star. That signaled the Food Networks decision to focus on style over substance and the drama of contest oriented shows over the culinary education appeal of their foundational programming. The Cooks Illustrated empire has swept in and gathered up all of those lost foodies. They get about $100 a year from me and it’s all money well spent.

  • cjcolucci

    Maybe a Floridian can explain, but what empowers Guy Fieri to officiate at a Florida wedding?

  • abb3w

    Well, checking Google, I’ve turned up a few interviews where Alton mentions his religiosity, and one blog which mentions a book signing where some dubious culturally dated jokes fell flat. I can’t say I’m too shocked; finding out on a behind the scenes special that “W” was actually his chiropractor left me with some doubts about how tightly he was tied to the reality-based community.

    Contrariwise, I had to go hunting to find examples. After the hunt (including Googling into his website and blog), my impression is still that he’s only slightly more religious than the average American, and is not particularly pushy about it; nor is he publicly advocating gross violations of church/state separation or pushing other culture war hot buttons. I suspect he’s a high-SDO type — but one whose competence (and honest awareness of some of his own limitations — he admits he’s more an actor than a cook) is nearly enough to match his ego. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to appoint him to the Supreme Court, and I expect talking politics over dinner would be further disappointing, but probably less so than any republican member of the US House of Representatives.

    Nohow, Good Eats was still a great show.

  • http://essaressellwye.tumblr.com Hershele Ostropoler

    Is Alton Brown talking more about his faith or is it simply more relevant? He never mentioned it on Good Eats, but why would he?

    In what way is FN ” strongly on the side of LGBT rights”? That’s a higher bar than “not actively promoting homophobia” Or “being in an industry in which, and locating your offices in a neighborhood* where, pissing off gay people will make it impossible to operate”

    *Though Chelsea is getting increasingly straight-gentrified.

  • abb3w

    Hershele Ostropoler:

    Is Alton Brown talking more about his faith or is it simply more relevant?

    It’s not so much that it’s more relevant as that it’s a detail that’s come out, and he now gets more interviewers asking about it. Which usually goes “So, you’re an evangelical?” “Yes.” — or close to it. That doesn’t affect the cooking much; “It’s never the food part of it, it’s the media part.” There were apparently one or two episodes on Good Eats where it might have colored his take — attitudes on bread and salt, for example. However, as I recall it sounded like no more than a flavoring that could easily pass as a cultural reference, of the sort that most well-educated atheist ex-Christians might make themselves.