Guy Fieri is a gift to both the world of cooking and the world of memes. Fieri’s larger-than-life personality is a Food Network staple, propelling him to levels of fame that few chefs reach. When the cameras aren’t rolling, however, the Mayor of Flavortown uses his seemingly-limitless energy to make a massive difference. Guy Fieri raised millions for restaurant workers impacted by COVID, served free meals to first responders, and now, he’s being recognized for his efforts.
Each year, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) honors an exceptional leader in the restaurant industry who goes above and beyond to make the world a better place. The Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality Award recognizes both accomplishments in the restaurant industry, as well as extraordinary efforts in philanthropy and community service. This year, the NRAEF chose to recognize Flavortown’s very own Guy Fieri.
“During these challenging times, Guy’s mission to support our industry and restaurant workers from all backgrounds is more important than ever,” NRAEF president Rob Gifford said in a press release.
“He is an inspiring leader and exceptional example for us all as we work together to get our communities and restaurant workers back on their feet, and back to building futures in this industry of limitless opportunity.”
Fieri was selected by a panel of judges based both on his professional accomplishments, and his philanthropic ones. Fieri continues to be a source of support and during difficult times, jumping into action for those who need a hot plate of food and a helping hand.
“I’m truly honored to receive the Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality award from the National Restaurant Association and the Educational Foundation,” Fieri said. “Restaurants feed more than just our stomachs, they nourish our communities, and supporting the hard-working people behind these businesses is more important now than ever.”