It’s time for Guy Fieri to tack on another title to his expanding list of accomplishments. The chef, restaurateur, Emmy Award-winning TV host, and world-renowned celebrity was honored by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), recently being named the 2021 Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality. Presented annually by Ecolab, the Ambassador of Hospitality is the NRAEF’s most prestigious honor presented to an outstanding leader, advocate, and role model for today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant workers.
"Guy’s leadership and quick action to help thousands of restaurant workers and operators perfectly represents the true spirit of the Ambassador of Hospitality award,” said Rob Gifford, President, NRAEF. “During these challenging times, Guy’s mission to support our industry and restaurant workers from all backgrounds is more important than ever. 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 distinguished panel of judges, which included NRAEF and National Restaurant Association (NRA) trustees and Board Members. In addition to his many years of dedication and commitment to community service and the industry, Fieri is being celebrated for his tireless support for restaurant workers and operators during the pandemic.
According to the release, Fieri championed the NRAEF’s Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (RERF) in 2022, which raised more than $21.5 million in financial aid for over 43,000 unemployed restaurant workers, and executive produced and co-directed Restaurant Hustle 2020: All on The Line, a Food Network documentary about four chefs trying to stay in business at the start of the pandemic.
"I’m truly honored to receive the Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality award from the National Restaurant Association and the Educational Foundation. 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," said Fieri.
In addition to his efforts with the foodservice industry during the pandemic, Fieri established The Guy Fieri Foundation, which has served more than 120,000 meals from its “Rescue Trailer,” a mobile kitchen that served meals to firefighters, rescue, and relief workers during the California wildfires as well as hospital workers throughout the state. Fieri is also committed to supporting military service members and veterans and has entertained and cooked for troops in the Persian Gulf.
To learn more about the honor and Guy Fieri’s achievements, click here.
Congratulations all around for Guy Fieri and all the amazing work he does!