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Jay-Z Sues Chef: Rapper’s 40/40 Club Seeks $1.5 Million in Federal Lawsuit


Jay-Z is a man of discriminating tastes, and he’s evidently not so fond of what chef Mike Shand is cooking. According to the New York Post, reps for the rapper’s 40/40 Club have hit Shand with a $1.5 million federal lawsuit, alleging that he “failed to perform on significant aspects” of a deal that went down earlier this year, when he was hired to revitalize the menu at Hova’s fancy Manhattan sports bar.

In the suit, Jay-Z and business partner Juan Perez accuse Shand of “costing the club lost profits, loss of good will [and] alienation of clientele.” Shand — who previously served as a personal chef for both Jay and his wife, Beyonce, during concert tours — was brought on as part of 40/40’s $10 million reopening. He now lives in California, according to court papers, and while he’s yet to comment on suit, his lawyer, Vik Pawar, reaffirmed his culinary skills.

“Mike’s a great chef, and it is unclear why 40/40 would contemplate a lawsuit against him,” Pawar told the Post. Nevertheless, we will respond accordingly when he gets served with the complaint.”

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