Rachael Ray: Hey, Guy! Thanks for letting us hang out in your backyard today. I have a feeling you spend a lot of time out here, rain or shine. Am I right?
Guy Fieri: I'm a five-seasons griller! Did you know I added a new season? Living in Cali, I'm cooking in the yard all the time. I don't care what the weather is like. My hair is impervious to any kind of dampness, so I don't have too much to worry about.
RR: What do you love about grilling?
GF: There's nothing that can replicate the smoky flavor of char, so when I've got the hankering for it, I tell my wife that I'm taking care of dinner. I have three different types of barbecues -- a coal, gas and smoker -- so I can experiment a lot.
RR: I see that you love grilling salads as much as I do. I put heads of romaine, radicchio or endive on the heat, but I still get some funny looks because it’s not mainstream yet. Is there anything new that you would encourage us to try on the grill?
GF: It's not really new, but stone fruits like peaches and apricots work really well. But make sure you're cooking at the right temperature -- a cold grill will slow up the flavor and a scorching-hot one will mask it. Also, your grate should be nice and clean. You don't want bits of charred meat in your dessert.
RR: Good tip! Do you have a grill horror story?
GF: Tons. Here's a good one: I was making wild boar ribs the other day and I had some buddies working with me. I gave my friend Billy the ribs and asked him to put them on the grill. Well, one of the other guys had cranked the heat to superhigh, but Billy didn't know. I come out 10 minutes later and those gorgeous, organic wild boar ribs were turned into beef jerky.
RR: Oh, that's hysterical! Did you try them?
GF: They were terrible. I think people expect everything we make to come out great. But cooking is like snow skiing: If you don't fall at least 10 times, then you're not skiing hard enough. If you're cooking and not making mistakes, you're not playing outside your safety zone. I don't expect it all to be good. I have fat dogs because I scrap that stuff out the back door.
RR: Isaboo gets her share of my mistakes, too! So say you're having a dream barbecue, whom would you invite to stop by?
GF: I get a lot of my inspiration from my family, but I never got to meet my dad's dad, so having him there would be amazing. I love to laugh and am always looking to have a good time, so I'd definitely want Rodney Dangerfield at the table -- the man could make a moment out of anything. Last, I'd invite Julia Child, too, because I'd really have to put on my "A" game.