A celebrity TV chef has fired back at a hilariously scathing New York Times review of his restaurant, suggesting the reviewer has a personal grudgephone covers
"I just thought it was ridiculous," Fieri told the ABC America's Today Show.
The Times review ripped into Guy Fieri's American Kitchen & Bar, opened by Fieri two months ago, with a series of sarcastic questions, beginning with: "Guy Fieri, have you eaten at your new restaurant in Times SquareWigs for Cancer Patients Bright Hopes
"What exactly about a small salad with four or five miniature croutons makes Guy's Famous Big Bite Caesar (a) big (b) famous or (c) Guy's, in any meaningful sense?" the Times wrotecloud computing hong kong
"Hey, did you try that blue drink, the one that glows like nuclear waste? The watermelon margarita? Any idea why it tastes like some combination of radiator fluid and formaldehyde?"
The reviewer, Pete Wells, rhetorically asked Fieri about the "limp and oil-sogged" French fries and the "crazy vortex" of the over-the-top adjectives used to list items on the restaurant's menu.
Fieri, who is well known on TV's Food Network as an enthusiast of fatty American comfort food and has five restaurants in California, hit back the criticism today on morning television.
"I mean, I read reviews. You know, there's good and bad in the restaurant business," he said on the Today Show.
"But that to me went so overboard it really seemed like there was another agenda," he added, without elaborating.
Fieri suggested that Wells was trying to "make a name" for himself by going "after a celebrity chef who's not a New Yorker that's doing a big concept, and in its second month."
Fans have taken to Fieri's defence on Facebook.