The mayorship of Flavortown is not conferred by popular vote. It does not come with a salary or an office or ceremonial roles. You cannot run for office for the mayor of Flavortown. You cannot declare yourself the mayor of Flavortown. You can only become the mayor of Flavortown through living according to its principles and psychic consensus that you hold the position in the minds of those who, in their own way, inhabit Flavortown. Guy Fieri is the mayor of Flavortown.
I will let Fieri explain in his words what Flavortown is, as he recounted to Munchies:
On camera, I once said, ‘This pizza looks like a manhole cover in Flavortown.’ Willy Wonka had a chocolate stream, you know? So it’s taking these iconic food items, these iconic food moments, and giving them a home. They all live in Flavortown. It’s like one of those things in The Matrix: You can only get down with Flavortown if you believe in Flavortown. I have people walk up to me and say, ‘Hey, I’m a citizen of Flavortown.’ I have people that want to pledge to be a city council member of Flavortown or the mechanic. It doesn’t stop. What would be the airline of Flavortown? Sausage Airlines? It just doesn’t stop. I just said it, and then people heard it. Of course, there’s no Flavortown—unless you believe in it.
Sure, Guy Fieri might be the physical embodiment of the band Smash Mouth and the Chrysler PT Cruiser combined and, yes, there’s a fair chance that if you said his name backwards to his face, he would explode into a cloud of wraparound sunglasses and bowling shirts with flames on them. He might not be the coolest person alive, but he has a very big heart.
In 2012, Fieri acted as Head Egg Chef at a baffling event kicked off by Twitter user Jon Hendren where the lead singer of Smash Mouth agreed to eat 24 eggs to raise money for charity. In 2015, Fieri officiated 101 same-sex marriages to celebrate the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Florida. In 2017, Fieri and his team reportedly cooked up around 5000 meals a day for evacuees from California wildfires. Back in August, Fieri and fellow celebrity chef José Andrés cooked up over 1000 meals for first responders fighting fires in Northern California.
Now he’s back at it again, cooking up over 1000 meals for first responders dealing with the out of control Camp Fire in Butte County, California. Camp Fire, which started November 8, has been named the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history.
Fieri made his appearance at Butte College, which is acting as the staging area for first responders fighting the fire.
Guy Fieri is in this photo with Officer Joe Almeida up in Butte County #CampFire Guy is cooking pulled pork dinner for everyone this evening. He had also thanked everyone that is helping out for their hard work! Thank you Guy for your time, support and great food! #ButteCounty pic.twitter.com/tL9CekUtUP
— Auburn Police Dept (@AuburnPoliceCA) November 12, 2018
Guy Fieri made a surprise visit to serve dinner to everyone at the law enforcement staging area at Butte College. Thank you so much Guy for filling our bellies and lifting our spirits. #ButteSheriff #CampFire pic.twitter.com/ZnhNxOa81n
— Butte County Sheriff (@ButteSheriff) November 12, 2018
What an absolute champ.