Guy Fieri appeared on Thursday's Today show in response to The New York Times' scathing review of the chef's new Times Square restaurant.
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"It must have felt like a punch in the gut," anchor Savannah Guthrie noted.
"I just thought it was ridiculous," Fieri said. "The tone, the sarcasm, the question style. I think we all know what's going on here. He came in with a different agenda.
"To me it's impossible to come in and have a dining experience and have every single thing wrong unless you come in with a different agenda and you wanna sensationalize something and you wanna blow it out of the water," Fieri continued. "It's a great way to make a name for yourself."
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But while the Food Network star thought the criticism went "overboard," he did admit there were parts of the review he agreed with. "This is an ever-changing, ever-evolving process," Fieri said of the difficulties that come with opening a new restaurant. "Do we do it perfect? No. Are we striving to do perfect? Yes. ... Let's see where we are in six months."
Do you think the critic had an agenda? Watch Fieri's full Today appearance below.