The Most Bizarre Celebrity Chef News You Need to Know About

Celebrity chefs don’t typically come to mind when you think of the kinds of famous people who cause trouble at strip clubs and are in the news because of legal trouble. But these celebrity chefs will change your mind. Read on to learn about the most bizarre celebrity chef news you need to know about.

1. A hedge fund billionaire paid Guy Fieri $100,000 to be his friend for a day

Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar Welcome Event

They ended up becoming real friends in the end. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

In Allen Salkin’s book, From Scratch: Inside the Food Network, he writes about how embattled hedge-fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen (whose SAC Capital Advisors is charged with insider trading) paid Fieri to drive around Connecticut with him and reenact an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Salkin goes on to write that the two enjoyed each other’s company so much, a real friendship was born from the deal.

Next: Mario Batali’s sexual harassment scandal

2. Four women accused Mario Batali of “inappropriate touching”

Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival

He ended up losing his job on his TV show. | Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

Mario Batali has been accused of groping a woman’s breasts, grabbing someone from behind, and compelling her to straddle him. The allegations, spanning at least two decades, came to light in this Eater NY article that came out in 2017.

“I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact match up with ways I have acted,” he responded to the article.

Next: Guy Fieri’s stolen Lambo

3. The cops found Fieri’s stolen yellow Lamborghini

Lamborghini Gallardo parked on August 19, 2012 in Bucharest, Romania

A teen stole the car and used it for a shoot out. | tupungato/iStock/Getty Images

In 2011, Fieri’s 2008 Lambo Gallardo was stolen “when some crook went into the British Motor Car Distributors dealership in S.F. … rappelled down from the roof … slithered through a window and sped off with the ride.” But in April 2012, the Marin County Sheriff’s Dept. arrested a 17-year-old boy on a gun charge, and when they searched his storage unit, they found Fieri’s Lambo.

Next: Why Jamie Oliver got sued by a non-profit

4. Jamie Oliver stole a non profit’s gluten free label

Chef Jamie Oliver smiles and gives a peace sign

Don’t tell them that there are thousands of other restaurants who do the same. | Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

In September 2017, a non-profit called Gluten Intolerance Group of North America sued Jamie Oliver for stamping some of his online recipes with a ‘GF’ symbol — which they believe is a rip-off of their own label. According to TMZ, “GIG says Oliver is purposely marking his recipes with this logo to make it seem like they’ve been certified gluten-free, which they argue is crowding their turf. They say he’s misleading consumers, and could ruin their rep.”

Next: Rachel Ray, Marc Summers, and Maria Batali let loose at the strip club. 

5. Rachael Ray, Marc Summers, and Mario Batali hit the strip club

Rachael Ray visits Fox & Friends at FOX Studios

She was not feeling so hot for work the next day. | D Dipasupil/Getty Images

Salkin also writes in his book about a 2004 food show in Cleveland, Ohio that got a little wild. He wrote about Rachael Ray, Marc Summers, and Mario Batali getting sloppy at a strip club. “When they arrived . . . it was closing in 15 minutes, Mario ordered 25 shots and sent over lap dances to Marc and Rachael.” Salkin also wrote that Ray was so hungover the next day, she forgot to explain parts of her recipes to the audience.

Next: Fieri didn’t mean to get in the way of this custody battle … 

6. Guy Fieri accidentally put himself in the middle of a custody battle

The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown Hosted By Guy Fieri - 2016 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival Presented By FOOD & WINE

He had the kid’s best interest at heart. | Dylan Rives/Getty Images

When Morgan, Fieri’s sister, passed away, her 11-year-old son, Jules, was caught in a custody battle between Morgan’s parents and Jules’ father. While the two parties were battling over where the boy should live, Fieri took Jules on vacation to a remote lake in Northern California. Which is a nice thought, but the lake didn’t have any cell service. So while they were gone, the battle had to be completely put on hold until someone could reach Fieri and the boy.

Next: The reason Martha Steward cancelled Ina Garten’s show is ridiculous. 

7. Martha Stewart cancelled Ina Garten’s pilot

Martha Stewart attends the AOL Build Speaker Series

Sorry, Ina. | Theo Wargo/Getty Images

When Martha Stewart was still trying to break into TV production, she approached Ina Garten with an idea for a cooking show that took place in Garten’s home. According to The Daily Meal, Garten was miserable throughout the whole experience. The crew reportedly ruined her lawn, dirtied her carpets, and backed up her toilets. To add insult to injury, Stewart ended up canceling the pilot because the plates Garten used were too similar to her own.

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