Port City excited to welcome Food Network star Guy Fieri

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you watch the Food Network, or are a fan of cooking, you have probably heard of Guy Fieri before. The host of ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives’ is now tasting some dishes right here in the Cape Fear.

“I thought somebody was joking with me. I was so ecstatic. Like I watch his show all the time,” fan, Susan Wasner said.

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Tuesday Fieri’s crew started making their way across the Port City one diner, drive-in, and dive at a time.

“It’s great to have somebody like that,” fan, Richard O’Connell said. “A national chef come to Wilmington it’s awesome!”

So just how good is the food in the Cape Fear? Well, Guy plans to find out.

Five restaurants made the list including Copper Penny, Ceviche’s, Sweet n Savory Café, Fork N Cork, and Something Fishy.

Although the owners of the restaurants that were selected could not speak on camera, they told WWAY they are honored and humbled to have Guy Fieri stop by.

As for his fans, they are hopeful to get just a glimpse of the Food Network star. Susan Wasner works right beside Sweet n Savory Café and is a huge fan.

“We go here at least twice a week,” Wasner said. “So I was very excited to know that he was gonna be right here, literally right beside us.”

Fans also hope Guy’s presence will cook up some business for the featured restaurants.

“I’m hoping that it brings a lot more people into, you know, the smaller mom and pop kind of places,” Wasner said.

“I think that sounds great for Wilmington you know it’s up and coming, it’s got a lot going on, it’s got good food, good restaurants, great night life. So it’s exciting,” O’Connell said.

Filming kicked off Tuesday morning at Fork N Cork in Downtown Wilmington. Crews will continue shooting throughout the week.

Aside from shooting, Guy is also in town for a GLOW Academy fundraiser.