Celeb chef guy, Guy Fieri, is often the butt of jokes. Poor guy is just an easy target in a lot of ways, perhaps? Here’s the thing, though: we have a soft spot for ‘ol Guy for 2 simple reasons:
- The guy loves his metal music.
- He has a huge heart and often uses his celeb stature and wealth for good.
Back when the pandemic first started, Guy started a relief fund with the National Restaurant Association to help out the scores of folks in the restaurant industry who had their livelihoods taken away when the restaurant industry unexpectedly grinded to a hault. Telling CBS News:
“You know, so many people work in the restaurant industry in multiple jobs, second jobs, single moms, single parents, students, retirees. And the restaurant industry is massively important to our communities… And so, when I saw this coming, I said, ‘We got to do something to get some money to these folks.”
He’s since helped raise a whopping $25 million for struggling restaurant workers from that initiative. Good on you, Guy!
Anyways, while it may seem on the surface that Maynard from Tool and Guy Fieri together in a sentence (or in real life) is super friggin’ weird, clearly they both share a passion for wine, food, and that sweet, sweet heavy metal.
It’s well documented that Maynard owns and operates his own winery and manufactures the good stuff. In this video made by AXS TV, James gives a winery grounds tour to Guy and gives some more context to his wine business origins:
“I’ve been making the wines by myself since 2009. Started in 2004 with a guy in the valley here at his facility, but built my own. Opened the doors. Kind of got going with a small batch in 2009, but you know, fully running.”
Maynard also owns and operates a food truck, because, why not. He tells Guy:
“Yeah we park at various locations. It’s kinda like trying to connect the wine with the food experience here. That’s going to be the biggest thing that’s gonna really push the Arizona wine industry ahead is really connect to the cuisine. Let the restaurants and retailers understand what the potential is for truly understanding what local means. We have 3 greenhouses. Some open gardens and 2 orchards.”
Watch the whole tour and conversation for yourself below:
Words by: The Pit Staff