If you were a billionaire, how would you spend your money? According to a new book, at least one billionaire would drop a chunk of change to make celebrity chef Guy Fieri his friend for a day.
Allen Salkin’s new book, From Scratch: Inside the Food Network, claims that the embattled hedge fund manager Steve Cohen paid the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host to come to Connecticut and reenact an episode of his hit show with Cohen riding shotgun. Page Six quotes Salkin as saying that the billionaire “paid Guy Fieri $100,000 to be his friend for a day.” The two reportedly became real friends after the one-time payout.
A spokesperson for Cohen told Page Six that the story is not true, but said the two do know each other, which is something that avid fans of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives already know. One of episode of the popular Food Network show featured Fieri driving up to the Fairfield, Connecticut hot dog restaurant Super-Duper Weenie, mentioning that his “friends” Alex and Steve (a.k.a. Cohen and his wife) were the ones who told him about it. Fieri added that they invited him over to their house for dinner one night and the hot dog truck showed up.