Guy Fieri's Survival Guide for Guy's Grocery Games

The Triple G host advises competitors on how not to make the most-common mistakes he sees play out time and time again.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Guy's 8 Survival Strategies

"During the first season of the show, when chefs walked in the door, you'd hear, 'Well, now what do we do?'" says Guy. "But since most have seen the show, they understand how it progresses." Even though they think they know the game now, many still make the same mistakes. Here are his personal tips.

8. Don't over-portion.

7. Don't add a frivolous garnish.

6. Use more acid.

5. Make sure to check your seasoning — the dish probably needs more.

4. Don’t make a dish that competes against itself (meaning don’t make two or three items).

3. Make sure the temperature of the proteins is correct — under or over is a fatal flaw.

2. Less is more (see strategy No. 4).

1. Use your imagination. Don’t rely on the defining term of what the dish is. Don’t play it safe.

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