Jay-Z (inset) is suing Kiwi chef Mike Shand. Babiche
American rapper Jay-Z is suing his former personal chef,
New Zealander Mike Shand, for $US1.5 million after a business
deal went sour.
Shand was chef to the hip-hop mogul and his superstar wife
Beyonce Knowles before taking over the kitchen of the 12,000
square-foot Manhattan sports lounge/sports bar 40/40.
According to the New York Post, Shand was hired to be
the chef of 40/40 as part of a $US10 million revamp of the
business, but Jay-Z's lawyers argue that he "failed to
perform" and deliver on his part of the deal, which ended up
"costing the club lost profits, loss of good will [and]
alienation of clientele."
Jay-Z and his business partner Juan Perez claimed Shand's
lack of input led to a loss of profits which could not be
According to local media, the proceedings filed in a
Manhattan court say: "The club has not been able to
adequately replace the items and services defendant was paid
Shand's lawyer Vik Pawar was quoted as saying the former
Christchurch man did not know why a lawsuit would be filed
"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."
Shand is still listed as the chef on the lounge's website but
media noted he was currently living in California
Jay-Z opened the New York location of 40/40 in 2003 and a
second location in Atlantic City in 2005. Another New York
branch will open next month in the new Barclays Center,
future home of the Brooklyn Nets, a development Jay-Z has
Shand told the New Zealand Herald recently he had worked with
many celebrities including Prince, Alicia Keyes, Rod Stewart
and Paul McCartney.
He started working with celebrities on Beyonce's Experience
tour in 2007, and recently catered Jay-Z's and Kanye West's
joint Watch the Throne tour in Europe.
Being humble and "getting on with your business" was key to
his success, he said.
"Being a private chef for me, means letting go of your ego.
Cooking privately, your whole aim is to cook to others' taste
and be observant to their individual preferences. In the life
of a private chef; adaptability, versatility and consistency
are king," he said.