Food Network Star Guy Fieri Shares Valuable Cooking Tips
Food Network star and celebrity chef Guy Fieri knows a thing or two about cooking. He was trained in France, owns several restaurants and released cookbooks, but is mostly known for hosting Food Network's top-rated shows, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Guy's Grocery Games. He's also the third chef in America to be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, after Wolfgang Puck and Bobby Flay. Thrillist reports that Fieri has just signed on for three more years with Food Network so devoted fans of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives can anticipate more episodes ahead. For those inspired to cook at home, Guy Fieri shares some valuable cooking tips.
Guy Fieri Cooking Tips
As told to Insider, here are some of Guy Fieri's cooking tips for beginners at home:
Create contrast and texture.
To make food more interesting, juxtaposition is important. Create layers of flavor with a mixture of sweetness, saltiness, and acidity. For example, making a sandwich can be equally as exciting as a luxe meal. You can pickle veggies, slice tomatoes thinly, caramelize onions and add some high-quality mustard on top of your favorite deli meats. Toast your bread for added texture. Also, try to make your own mayonnaise and other sauces from scratch.
Experiment with family recipes.
Fieri enjoys eating food that he grew up with like grits, ham and gravy. If you have some family recipes set aside, go through them, and try to update them with fresh and new ingredients to give them new life.
Get high-quality ingredients.
Even a humble grilled cheese sandwich can be elevated with high-quality cheeses. An easy swap is using fresh ingredients instead of canned or bottled. Fresh tomatoes and basil can instantly improve even the simplest pasta dish.
Keep things simple.
When you're a beginner in the kitchen, don't feel like you should try everything that you see on Masterchef right away. Master several easy dishes and make them well. Even from just grilling hotdogs and burgers, Fieri says slow and steady learning will hone your skills. Experiment with one recipe at a time and build your repertoire from there.
Learn from others.
Aside from building your own collection of recipes, watch and learn from family or friends. Even in a pandemic, you can share and cook with people online. Fieri says he even steps back from his own kitchen to let his sons take over. He adds that, "Cooking is so much about comfort, and so much about emotion, and so much about family." The next time you host a party, welcome those who offer to bring food so you can also try different things and maybe learn how to make them.
The "Mayor of Flavortown" loves barbecue and even sells his barbecue sauce. When grilling at home, brine your meats and leave the bone in for better flavor. Also, Fieri says forget that lighter fluid. Go for real charcoal from wood to avoid harmful chemicals in your food.