Guy Fieri is really stepping up to help support laid-off restaurant workers during the coronavirus pandemic. He recently raised $20 million for an unemployed restaurant workers relief fund, and now he’s going to battle cinematic icon Bill Murray for charity — but don’t worry, this fight will determine who can make the best, most epic platter of nachos.
With the help of their sons, Hunter Fieri and Homer Murray, the two television icons will take to Food Network in a competition to see who makes the most delicious homemade nachos. In a video posted to Food Network’s Twitter page, Fieri teased the “Nacho Average Showdown.” He says the light-hearted romp into the world of competitive bar food cooking will benefit the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, which has been giving out $500 dollar grants to industry workers whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic.
They’ve got some epic hosts on deck to oversee the competition, too: Carla Hall, legendary host of The Chew, will act as emcee, while Shaquille O’Neal and star of Brooklyn Nine-Nine Terry Crews will act as judges. Sounds like a good gig for two icons with big appetites.
Murray knows a thing or two about eating well. He joined the late Anthony Bourdain and chef Sean Brock at Brock’s restaurant Husk in Charleston, where Murray is a part-time resident, for a decadent meal of whiskey and smoked meats in a 2015 episode of Parts Unknown. Turns out he’s got some chops as a home cook too, but that might not be surprising: Murray is full of fun surprises.
Let’s also take a moment to give a big round of applause to Guy Fieri, one of the few super successful and wealthy chefs who is working his butt off to give real cash to real people who are in desperate need right now. And he’s doing it in a way that is bringing a little light and a little fun to the world in a time of unprecedented stress and anxiety for the future. That deserves some praise. Now if only he and Bill Murray would come to my house and make me my own personal nacho platter, that would be an undeniable act of human kindness.
The nacho competition will take place live Friday, May 15, on Food Network’s Facebook page.