Guy Fieri, Diners Drive-Ins and Dives

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Either this guy must really like Guy's American Kitchen and Bar or he wanted some tips on Minute to Win It.

A hedge fund billionaire plunked down $100,000 to be Guy Fieri's "friend for a day," per revelations published in a new book which surfaced in a report by the New York Post's Page Six.

Allen Salkin's From Scratch: Inside the Food Network claims hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen ponied up the dough to the doughy celebrity restaurateur and game show host because he was a big fan and the two got so chummy they actually became good friends afterward.

Not only that but Cohen's favorite Fairfield, Conn., hot dog joint, Super Duper Weenie, was featured on an episode of Fieri's Food Network program Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

The founder of SAC Capital Advisors, Cohen is currently facing civil charges filed by the SEC that he failed to prevent insider trading by two of his employees and, according to Forbes, may be close to settling the case by paying a record $1 billion penalty.

A rep for the billionaire had no comment but previously told Page Six the story about he and the food dude "is false," though the two know each other.

Fieri's pretend pal isn't the only dish served up by the tome.

Salkin, a former staff reporter at The New York Times, also wrote about a 2004 trip Guy's fellow food Network stars Rachel Ray and Marc Summers took to a strip club in Cleveland while in town to attend a food show.

The pair went at the behest of celebrity chef Mario Batali, who subsequently bought them 25 shots and sent over lap dances. Ray was reportedly so hungover the next day she "forgot to explain details of her recipes."

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