Meals Community celebrity Man Fieri is virtually synonymous with scorching rods and the liberty that comes from cruising alongside the blacktop searching for one thing good to eat. Lengthy earlier than he bought the keys to the cherry purple Camaro featured on Triple D, Man was hawking automotive mufflers on native TV. And in his post-fame life, the Platinum Prince has amassed a formidable assortment of vehicles, a lot of which sport vibrant yellow paint jobs. Fieri, it appears, resides a car-lover’s dream — however his relationship with flashy automobiles wasn’t all the time so rosy. On this, the second day of Eater’s yuletide celebration of a meals media icon, it’s time to revisit one of many darker chapters of Fieri’s life as a automotive fanatic.
The disappearance of Man Fieri’s Lamborghini
A banana yellow Lamborghini GallardoGetty/Cameron Spencer
In 2011, the Minute to Win It host bought sucked right into a weird crime saga involving his banana yellow 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo, valued at round $200,000. Whereas the automotive was being serviced at a San Francisco dealership, a 16-year-old felony by the title of Max Wade repelled down the aspect of the constructing, Mission Not possible-style, cracked the window, dismantled the LoJack on Fieri’s automotive, and drove it out the entrance door. Man bought the information whereas filming an episode of Triple D in Chicago, and initially thought somebody was pulling a prank on him. “I assumed it was a nasty joke,” he instructed reporters in 2013.
Though the dealership had safety digital camera footage of the heist, and the Lambo with the bespoke “guytoro” plates was noticed cruising over the Golden Gate Bridge on the morning of the crime, it nonetheless took the authorities over a 12 months to trace down the bandit. Wade even took the flashy automotive out for spontaneous pleasure rides, sometimes whizzing by a few of Fieri’s associates who acknowledged the brilliant yellow car. The movie star chef instructed ABC 7 Information:
We’d get calls on a regular basis and I imply on a regular basis. I had associates name me who would say, “Hear, I simply noticed your automotive on the freeway.” And I used to be like, imagine it or not, there’s multiple yellow Lamborghini convertible in all probability in Northern California. And other people would name and we’d get reviews and my lawyer would hear about it. Properly, come to seek out out that he was driving it. Courageous child.
In a weird flip of occasions, Wade bought pegged for the Lambo heist solely after the police busted him for an additional, unrelated crime, the place he fired 5 pictures at a man who was taking his highschool crush out on a date. Whereas investigating that crime, the authorities discovered Fieri’s Lambo in a storage locker that Wade was renting, together with some weapons he was saving for different felony actions.
The court docket room sketch of Man on the standNBC Information/Bay Space
Man was requested to testify in Wade’s trial in 2013, however he stored his remarks temporary. “I simply needed to maintain it straight and to the purpose, let’s wrap this up,” Fieri defined. Outdoors the courthouse, the chef additionally instructed reporters, “There are different sides to [this case] which can be fare extra necessary than my automotive.” Fieri’s insurance coverage firm took possession of the Lambo after the court docket case, and Wade was sentenced to life in jail plus 21 years for a variety of crimes, together with the tried homicide of his highschool acquaintances, and the theft of Fieri’s automotive.
This was an atypically heavy occasion within the lifetime of Man Fieri. On Monday — Day three of the 12 Days of Man Fieri — we’ll have a look again at among the extra joyful moments of Fieri’s life within the limelight.
• Beforehand: The 12 Days of Man Fieri: A Look Again on the Pretzel Cart That Began It All [E]• All Meals TV Protection [E]
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