Superstar Jay-Z is suing his chef Mike Shand for $1.5 million dollars after his failure to perform in the kitchen of the famous 40/40 club.
The rapper’s lawyers cite that he “failed to perform” and ended up “costing the club lost profits, loss of good will [and] alienation of clientele."
Shand at one time had been the musician and entrepreneur's personal chef before being brought on board to run the kitchen of his 12,000 square-foot New York City sports lounge/sports bar, the 40/40 Club.
The New York Post reports Shand was hired to be the chef of 40/40 as part of a $10 million revamp of the business.
Owned by the hip hop mogul and partners Desiree Gonzalez and Juan Pérez, the 40/40 Club is a chain of sports bars and lounges. The '40/40' name comes from the baseball term used for the exclusive group of Major League Baseball players who have achieved 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season.
The 40/40 in New York opened in 2003 followed by a second location in Atlantic City in 2005. A third is slated to open the end of September. It will be located in the new Barclays Center, future home of the Brooklyn Nets, developed and coordinated by Jay-Z. There was a short-lived 40/40 club in The Palazzo, an extension of The Venetian in Las Vegas. It shut down August 28, 2008, just eight months after its grand opening with little fan-fare or public notice.
Part of Shand’s deal was to add to the luxury sports bar’s $10 million reopening earlier this year with a menu reflecting that status. The Manhattan court filing adds, “The club has not been able to adequately replace the items and services defendant was paid to provide."
The website for the 40/40 shows some of its menu items as “40/40 Nachos” for $11, "40/40 Empanadas" for $11, “Herb Crusted Mac ’n’ Cheese” for $12, “Flame Grilled Tequila Chicken Breast” for $24 and "Bone-In Dry Rib Eye" for $42
There's been no word from Shand but his lawyer, Vik Pawar, told the New York Post, “Mike’s a great chef, and it is unclear why 40/40 would contemplate a lawsuit against him. Nevertheless, we will respond accordingly when he gets served with the complaint.”
The chef's page on the company website is now blank. Searches turned up a website under his own name but it hasn’t been updated since 2010 and reads “Page Under Construction.”