Guy Fieri and José Andrés Will Face Off in NBA Celebrity Game
Fieri will be an assistant coach while Andrés will play on the opposing team.
José Andrés and Guy Fieri are among the most beloved chefs in the industry. Fieri has amassed a dedicated Flavortown fanbase through his show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and delightful social media presence, and Andrés, in addition to being a prolific chef and restaurateur, runs World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that earned him the “Humanitarian of the Year” award from the James Beard Foundation. Next Friday, the two industry giants are going to go head to head in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, reports GrubStreet.
The annual game, which sees actors, musicians, chefs, professional athletes, and more celebrities play against each other, will take place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. Fieri will be the assistant coach on the “away team” with ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith as head coach—Chance the Rapper will be captain, and Quavo, Taylor Bennett, LaRoyce Hawkins, Anthony “Spice” Adams, Marc Lasry, Ronnie 2K, Katelyn Ohashi, Lil Rey Howery, A’ja Wilson, and Darius Miles fill out the roster as players.
Andrés will play on the home team, coached by ESPN commentator Michael Wilbon and actor Jesse Williams. It’s the second time in a few months that the chef has participated in a major sporting event. Last fall, he threw out the first pitch in game five of the World Series, when the Washington Nationals played the Houston Astros. (And apparently, it was a decent pitch, so Fieri and Smith better watch out.) Next Friday, he’ll be joined by teammates Common (the captain), Bad Bunny, Hannibal Buress, Kane Brown, Jon Batiste, Alex Moffat, Famous Los, Jidenna, Chelsea Gray, and Quentin Richardson. Tune in to ESPN at 7 p.m. ET on February 14 to see who ends up winning.
This year, you can also expect to see a few new restaurants from Andrés, including several concepts in Chicago; Chicken Guy!, Fieri’s fast-casual chicken tenders restaurant, has another location slated to open soon at the Mall of America in Minnesota.