By Fielding Buck, OC Register
Celebrity chef Guy Fieri announced grants to up-and-coming restaurateurs last week during an online award show.
“Guy’s Restaurant Reboot Presented by LendingTree” streamed via social media Saturday from a set in Napa Valley. The program included several celebrities, including Shaquille O’Neal and Rob Gronkowski as well as chefs such as Cat Cora. It was co-hosted by Antonia Lofaso.
The purpose was to show “awesome attention to the industry that we all know and love,” Fieri said, and to help restaurants recover from turmoil caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Grants and scholarships worth $25,000 went to several recipients in Southern California.
Amanda Lacher and Julia Li of PorchBox Restaurant in Laguna Hills received a grant sponsored by AT&T. eatporchbox.com
Jennifer Le and Reynard Ledord of Leberry Bakery & Donut in Pasadena received a grant sponsored by Dawn and Cascade detergents.
Matthew Delaney of Cal Poly Pomona received a scholarship sponsored by GrubHub.
Dawn Rose of California Baptist University in Riverside received a scholarship sponsored by Thomasville furniture.