Bill Murray and Guy Fieri are coming at you live with “The Nacho Average Showdown” to see who has what it takes to make the *best* plate of nachos.
“What people don’t know is that the Murrays and the Fieris have had a longstanding battle of food competitions,” Fieri said during an appearance with Murray on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday, May 8.
The live fundraising event will benefit Fieri’s Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (RERF), an initiative that distributes $500 grants to restaurant workers whose jobs have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Host Carla Hall— the chef known for “cooking with love,” will be joined by judges NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neil and football player turned actor Terry Crews. Fieri and Murray’s sons Hunter Fieri and Homer Murray will also compete.
Fieri is fully committed to RERF’s cause and has been working since early March to help his “brothers and sisters” in the restaurant industry. He urges fans to tune in and offer support.
“My entire career has been in the restaurant business,” Fieri said. “From bussing tables to flambé captain to dishwasher to chef… I have done it all. I’ve also spent the better part of the last 15 years traveling this great country meeting other folks who’ve dedicated their lives to this business, and let me tell you something, they are the hardest working, most real deal workers you’ve ever met… the heartbeats of their communities. But they need our help and with the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, we can serve up some support when these restaurant employees need it most… right now.”
We all know Fieri can probably whip up some bomb nachos, but what about Murray?
In the past, Murray’s made appearances as a surprise guest bartender at random establishments, including his son’s bar, 21 Greenpoint, mixing cocktails and serving drinks. The icon is also a co-owner of food truck park Container Bar in Charleston, South Carolina. How could he not know a thing or two about comfort food?
It’s safe to assume the event’s sponsor, Tostitos, will level the playing field by providing the tortilla chips for the contestants’ dishes. But the bar is high. We are, after all, talking about nachos— a near-perfect dish, so hard to mess up, who knows what these characters will serve up to come out ahead…