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Money Q&A with Guy Fieri

California food dude Guy Fieri's platinum blond spikes, radical shades and totally insane enthusiasm for feel-good grub transformed him from humble Santa Rosa restaurateur to America's most-recognizable rock star chef.Since busting onto the Food Network lineup in 2006 with "Guy's Big Bite," the irrepressible co-owner of the Johnny Garlic's and Tex Wasabi's restaurant brands has taken our taste buds on an all-American road trip with "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," which spawned two best-selling "Triple D" cookbooks. With his new gig as host of NBC's "Minute to Win It" and a new cookbook, "Guy Fieri Food," a compilation of 125 of his favorite recipes, Fieri's career is definitely on cruise control.

 
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Now that you've made it, is it easier to spend it?

I don't spend a lot of money. My wife, Lori, and I took the kids (sons Hunter, 15, and Ryder, 5) down (to Los Angeles) to see the premiere of "Cars 2." We couldn't get a flight to get back in time, so we took a private flight home. That, to me, is probably the biggest splurge. We both looked at each other -- I don't want to say feeling guilty, there was no choice -- but, how nice. We were walking around Universal Studios and an hour and a half later we're at home cooking dinner. That was a neat treat to have.

 
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