Guy Fieri, the bleached-blond host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives whose Times Square restaurant was memorably skewered by Pete Wells in a recent New York Times review, is in town this week to host the annual Chef’s Challenge fundraiser for Mount Sinai cancer research. While here, he’s filming segments for his Food Network show, which profiles down-home greasy spoons and is beloved and reviled in equal measures. So far, we know Fieri is shooting at Caplansky’s Delicatessen, and that the restaurant is closing for part of Wednesday and Saturday and all of Friday to make way for the cameras. NOW reports that he’ll also be visiting The Lakeview, and we’ve heard rumours he’s making an appearance at The Stockyards as well, although we haven’t been able to confirm that yet.
UPDATE: Alex Sengupta, the co-owner of the Lakeview, told us that Fieri’s crew (sans Guy) was in the restaurant yesterday, and will be by twice more this week, with Fieri himself in tow. He also revealed that the episode will profile six Toronto restaurants, although he didn’t know which ones made the cut. It turns out the vetting process is pretty involved: the Lakeview fielded nine phone calls from producers, some of them as long as three-and-a-half hours.
UPDATE 2: Following a tip from a commenter, we reached out to Hey Meatball, who’ve confirmed that Fieri’s crew is filming at the restaurant this week as well.
UPDATE 3: According to a pair of tipsters, Fieri’s crew has also been spotted at The Ace. Although we weren’t able to confirm it, the restaurant’s Twitter feed does note that they’re opening late for dinner tonight.
UPDATE 5: And here’s a picture of DDD filming at the Stockyards.
UPDATE 6: These six restaurants were all confirmed to us by Fieri himself in our Q&A. Check it out »
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