Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
|Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives|
|Genre||Food reality television|
|Presented by||Guy Fieri|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||22|
|No. of episodes||233|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Citizen Pictures|
|Original channel||Food Network|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original release||April 23, 2007|
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives is an American food reality television television series that premiered on April 23, 2007, on the Food Network. It is hosted by Guy Fieri. The show originally began as a one-off special that aired on November 6, 2006. The show features a "road trip" concept, similar to Road Tasted, Giada's Weekend Getaways, and $40 a Day. Fieri travels around North America looking at various diners, drive-in restaurants, and dive bars.
Each episode generally has a unifying theme (such as burgers or comfort food) with the host visiting multiple restaurants to sample the food that corresponds to this theme. The program focuses on small, independent eateries featuring traditional American-style, sometimes Canadian, cuisine (such as barbecue, smoked meat, hamburgers, deep-fried food, pizza, steak, and bacon-and-egg breakfast), regional styles, or ethnic specialties. Most often, the chosen restaurants use fresh ingredients, home-style recipes, and gourmet culinary approaches to what is usually not considered gourmet food. The host interacts with both the customers, to get their opinion on the food, and with the kitchen staff, who demonstrate how to prepare one or more of the dishes. The show's premise initially began as an attempt to visit every Hooters restaurant in the US. The idea was dropped when producers realized that enough locations to support a full series were not available.
The show has had various stars appear in the kitchen alongside Guy, such as Robert Irvine, Michael Symon, Emeril Lagasse, Geoffrey Zakarian, Matthew McConaughey, Gene Hackman, Joe Theismann, Kid Rock, Andrew Zimmern, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Clint Bowyer.
In May 2011, the Plymouth, Minnesota-based producer of the show filed lawsuit against Food Network. The lawsuit alleges that the network failed to pay required production costs, and failed to make the show's host, Guy Fieri, available for taping.
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- Satran, Joe (August 18, 2011). "Food Network's Legal Battle With Producer Of Guy Fieri's 'Diners, Drive-Ins, And Dives' Comes To End". The Huffington Post. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- Parker, Penny (October 7, 2011). "Parker: Food Network show switches to Denver production company". The Denver Post. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- Official website
- Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives at the Internet Movie Database
- Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives at TV.com