The likeable laid back California “guy” with his trademark bleached blond spiky hair began his love affair with food at the age of ten, selling soft pretzels from a three-wheeled bicycle cart he built with his father named “The Awesome Pretzel.” By selling pretzels and washing dishes, Guy earned enough money in six years to study abroad as an exchange student in Chantilly, France. There he gained a profound appreciation for international cuisine and the lifestyle associated with it. After earning a degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Guy founded his first restaurant, Johnny Garlic's, in Santa Rosa, CA, with his business partner, Steve Gruber. He has since gone on to found two additional locations of Johnny Garlics and two locations of Tex Wasabi's. Guy has appeared; on television, written several food-related books, and taken a food and rock and roll show on the road to locations around the country.
Passionate about empowering today’s parents to include their children in the kitchen and educate them about eating healthy, Guy helped draft California state legislation proclaiming the 2nd Saturday in May annually as “Cook With Your Kids Day.” It was passed unanimously by the California State Legislature in 2009. Invited by the US Navy Team to cook at the White House in March 2010, Guy spoke to politicians about making this a nationally recognized holiday. In 2011, he officially launched CWK (Cooking With Kids) (www.cwkfoundation.org), a program that encourages developing healthy eating habits to address the childhood obesity crisis, strengthen the family unit by sharing quality time in the kitchen, and as a result increase our children’s self-esteem in a fun and positive way.
Guy lives in Northern California with his wife, Lori and two boys – Hunter and Ryder.
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