Donatella Arpaia — 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder from Chefs, Bikes, and Automobiles Slideshow

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Donatella Arpaia
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Donatella Arpaia — 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder

"I never intended to buy this car," says chef Donatella Arpaia, of Donatella and a regular judge on Food Network's Iron Chef America and The Next Iron Chef. "I arranged to borrow this car for a day as a gift to a longtime loyal employee so they could drive it. As soon as I got behind the wheel, it was love at first sight. I could not describe the complete unexpected thrill that came over me. I felt that I'd arrived. Growing up in an immigrant family, 'work hard and save' was the mantra we lived by. This certainly wasn't a necessary purchase, but for me, as a hardworking woman, it felt like I could finally embrace my power while I was driving this car."

Donatella's culinary memory most associated with the car was with her husband, Allan Stewart. "After my wedding ceremony, my husband, Allan Stewart, and I drove to the ceremony in the Lamborghini," she explained. "I was so excited not only to celebrate, but to taste the menu I had created with the head culinary chef at The Plaza Hotel. It was a menu I had carefully planned for my guests and I could not contain my excitement as we pulled up to see how it turned out! My pastry chef, Andrea Jarosh, at Donatella created my six-tier wedding cake, adding to one of my most memorable culinary experiences to date."