Guy Fieri can afford to dine in more than just “Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives”—the title of his popular Food Network show—with the paycheck he gets for making public appearances.Fieri has become the unofficial face (and spiked, bleach blond hair) of the Food Network since he started hosting the show in 2006.
After making friends across the country visiting small town eateries and big city dive joints, Fieri has become a familiar face nationwide—and fans are willing to pay the big bucks to meet the famous foodie in person.
“Fieri was paid $100,000 for a 60-minute appearance at the New York State Fair in late-August, according to contract documents. Fieri’s company, Knuckle Sandwich LLC, was also paid $1500 to cover his travel costs,” reports The Smoking Gun.
In comparison, TSG reports that TLC’s “Cake Boss” Buddy Valestro earns $65,000 to make personal appearances, and Fieri’s “paycheck is more than twice what touring acts like Hammer, Loretta Lynn, and the Oak Ridge Boys earn for summer shows.”
Fieri’s $100K payday is, however, on par with what singer Meatloaf commands for a single performance.
The Food Network star’s empire also includes seven restaurants in Califronia and a newly-opened 600-seat New York outpost called Guy’s American Kitchen And Bar in Times Square.
Just don’t expect to see TV chef rival Anthony Bourdain dining in Fieri’s new digs, as he says the restaurant has “single-handedly turned the neighbourhood into the Ed Hardy district,” adding he feels bad for the customers who come “waddling in” to find $18 hamburgers and French fries for $12 on the menu.
Check out Fieri in action at O’Rourke’s diner in Middletown, Connecticut:
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