Jimmy Fallon welcomed a pair of special guests to Friday’s at-home edition of “The Tonight Show”, Food Network host Guy Fieri and comedy icon Bill Murray.
This was no random guest combo: Fieri and Murray have teamed up in support of the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, which raises money to help restaurant workers who have lost jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the two facing off for a charity nacho-making competition.
Fallon asks Murray whether he think he’s got a shot. “I’ll be honest Jimmy, my son is the real cook in the family,” admits Murray, adding that his role in the kitchen is to be “in charge of paying for things… Whenever it comes to cooking, I just act like I’ve taken a bad fall.”
While Fieri offers Fallon some cooking instructions, Murray offers wisecracks. When the Food Network host tells Fallon to line the baking sheet with tortilla chips, Murray deadpans, “Wait, let me get a pencil.”
After Fieri walks Fallon through the not-at-all-complicated process of making cheese sauce and dumping stuff atop a pile of chips, it’s time for the nachos to go into the oven. This, the three agree, calls for a toast.
Fallon pulls a bottle of Jagermeister from his freezer, while Fieri grabs some tequila and Murray takes a slug from a bottle of red wine. Commenting on Fallon’s choice of liquor, Murray quips, “It’s nice to set a layer of Jager down before you get those nachos in.”
Fallon then examines some of the other ingredients he has on hand to add to the nachos once they’re out of the oven, including beans.
“The beans though, I would have thought that you’d want to put those beans on earlier, Guy,” Murry opines. “Maybe you’re off your game. Maybe that California living’s made you kind of S-O-F-T, as we say in the East.”
To conclude, Murray suggests they all find a bottle of their favourite hot sauce and take a big swig. Murray selected his sauce because “it’s got a hat on it,” while Fallon pulled one out called “Puckerbutt, but I gotta be honest, all the things in my fridge say Puckerbutt, I don’t know why.”
Jokes Murray: “Well, when you marry into that family that’s the kind of thing you end up with.”
With that, Murray offered a toast “to the restoration of the restaurant business and all its employees” as they each took a big pull from their respective hot sauces.
Following their collaboration on “The Tonight Show”, it was announced that Murray and Fieri will go one-on-one in a “The Nacho Average Showdown”.
The event will take place on Friday, May 15 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT on the Food Network’s Facebook page. The once-in-a-lifetime Nacho throwdown will be hosted by Carla Hall with Shaquille O’Neal and Terry Crews serving as judges.
Bill Murray. Guy Fieri. Nachos. No, this isn’t just a list of things millennials are obsessed with. The duo will face off Friday at 5 p.m. EDT on the Food Network’s Facebook page in a battle for the ages: The Nacho Average Showdown. Presented by Tostitos, the event will be hosted by Carla Hall and feature guest judges Shaquille O’Neal and Terry Crews.
Fieri and Murray will serve as hypemen for their sons Hunter Fieri and Homer Murray, both of whom are chefs and will be handling the actual nacho-making. The elder Murray once famously crashed the opening of Homer’s Brooklyn restaurant, 21 Greenpoint, and served as a guest bartender. He also opened an eatery in Chicago in 2018. The younger Fieri is the self-described “Prince of Flavortown.”