Tuesday, August 14, 2012

How Guy Fieri mixes cocktails for a crowd

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Celebrity chef Guy Fieri at the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

Is Food Network star Guy Fieri a chef or a rock star? It's hard to tell. The stage for his cooking demo at the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival held both a stove and a DJ. There was cooking, but the hour was as much about the music as the food. Not exactly what I expected - but I've watched enough of him on TV not to be completely surprised.

When a big personality like Guy Fieri is on stage, the food takes a back seat to the showmanship. What did he cook? Avocado egg rolls, which he rolled up into a six-foot-long burrito. Shazam!

More importantly, Fieri mixed four different cocktails during that one-hour demo and made sure the audience got all four. No wonder they hooted and hollered, right? And there were no delicate cocktail shakers. He mixed his mojitos in an industrial-sized bucket and muddled the limes, sugar and mint with a baseball bat. Kapow!

Here, see for yourself - I snapped some video during the mixing of the first cocktail. Cooking demo or rock concert? You be the judge.


Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious said...

I particularly liked how he drank from the bottle and then poured the rest in the bucket drink!

Stacy said...

A cooking demo shows the audience how to make something. A rock concert means alcohol for the crowd! What a great time you must have had. Jealous!

Erika Kerekes said...

Yeah - he is definitely a performer. He knew what the crowd wanted (booze) and he knew how to get them riled up (loud music). The food took a back seat to the overall experience, which is probably a good lesson for anyone thinking about owning a restaurant...the food is only part of the equation.

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