Thurs. 8 pm: Warren natives to compete on ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’

Knowing the host didn’t make it any easier for Warren native Mark Canzonetta to land a spot on “Guy’s Grocery Games.”

Canzonetta, 51, who will compete on the Food Network game show/reality series with his daughter, Gina, in an episode that airs at 8 p.m. June 18, worked several years for host Guy Fieri, serving as his sous chef for public appearances at food shows and helping to open Guy’s Burger Joint restaurants nationwide. He currently is chef and partner at Aqua Pazzo Restaurant in Boardman.

“I had to work it,” Canzonetta said. “There were Skype calls, phone interviews, a very challenging application. That’s where a lot of people get hung up. They don’t want to put the time in organizing everything for the application. It’s very time consuming, very detailed.”

It became even more involved when Canzonetta was asked if he had a child he could compete with for a Father’s Day-themed episode.

Read more in Friday’s Tribune Chronicle.