Guy Fieri likes to call Las Vegas his second home. After all, he graduated from UNLV in 1990, and much like the city, he’s loud, vibrant and not afraid to take a risk. Yesterday, the celebrity chef from the Food Network came “rollin’ out” to UNLV in his red 1967 red Camaro convertible to film his alma mater for an upcoming episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Professors at UNLV admit that they never thought Fieri would graduate. “I’m not sure Guy ever learned how to color in the lines,” said Vincent Eade, Fieri’s faculty advisor at UNLV. “When I told Guy he’d have to wear a suit, he looked at me like I was going to cut off his right arm. I’m probably the only person in the world who got him to wear a suit.”
Despite the reputation at UNLV, Fieri has opened six restaurants in California since his graduation and won the second season of The Next Food Network Star. He hosts shows such as Guy’s Big Bite, Diners Drive-Ins and Dives and Minute to Win It.
His return to Vegas was to profile the Stan Fulton Bistro, the teachings kitchen at UNLV, to profile the restaurant and, as he says, give back to the university that he says has taught him so much.
“You need to pay it forward, give back and think about others,” he told the Las Vegas Sun. “If everyone supports each other, we’re going to prosper as a culture.”
Fieri developed his Cajun Chicken Alfredo recipe in the same test kitchen. It went on to become his most popular dish at his Johnny Garlic.