Guy Fieri highlights the mysterious world of Cuban cuisine

Cuba, and its cuisine have been closed to tourists since 1961. Now that has changed, so of course Food Network's Triple-D superstar Guy Fieri will take us there June 3, 2016.


HOLLYWOOD, May 26, 2016 – The Food Networks’ Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, also known as “Triple D”, is a long-running series in which celebrity restaurateur Guy Fieri seeks out the best of the best mom and pop restaurants around America and now, around the world.

This year also marks the 10th anniversary of Guy Fieri’s winning of the Food Networks “Next Food Network Star.” If you’re late Guy Fieri’s party, you’re not alone. Despite his big personality and his spiky blond hair he is first and foremost a husband and dad.

At the Food Network Emmy Party in Los Angeles, California, a select few audience members had a chance to get a sneak peek at Guy’s latest episode, “Cruisin’ in Cuba.” Fieri’s latest expedition will give his audience a long anticipated inside view of international food world of Cuba. The show will air next week, Friday, June 3rd, at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central on the Food Network.

Through its food, Fieri takes watchers on a journey inside a country that has been closed since  1961, when the United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba, according to an entry at

The delicious Cuban food featured in the episode begins with Guy paying homage to El Figaro in the trendy neighborhood of Habana Vieja ,and one of the country’s finest chefs, Gilberto Smith Duquesne. Duquesne is known for his signature dish, a fresh lobster sautéed with coffee—and wait until you see how they fuse this amazing flavor combination.

Next on the list: an outdoor hotspot offering a delicious dish of fried plantains with braised lamb and the most amazing and unique dive for Cuba-a Soviet spot serving classic Russian dishes with freshly made pork and beef raviolis. Both will have your mouth watering, and if that isn’t enough there is so much more on tap.

As for Fieri, why are we so intrigued by this offbeat, wild man? During the Q&A the audience got an insiders’ look at what makes this show and his character so appealing. As he walked on stage, he admitted to “starving after watching his show.” But it was also apparent that most of the audience was wondering the same thing about the wandering gourmand’s culinary adventures: What do you do if you don’t like the food?

Fieri jumped into that question with a bit of pride, noting

“My team and I do tons of research, we/I know exactly what I am getting myself into. We research the places to the point where we know exactly where the meat is coming from and what they ranked in their latest health inspection, because I care about what my viewers eat.”

If that wasn’t enough the audience was eager to learn that he eats everything the first time on camera, so his reactions are true to his feelings and for a sad few places that didn’t hold up they weren’t aired because, “it’s my responsibility to show you the best of what’s out there,” said Fieri.

Fieri’s passion and dedication for delivering gastronomic education and entertainment on TV is clear. From his zany one line zingers to his love for highlighting top quality mom and pop Diners, Drive-ins and Dives is one of the top shows on cable. So if you’re late to the party, you should tune in on June 3 and see what it’s all about..

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