After cooking on tour for Jay-Z and Beyonce, chef Michael Shand was asked to be in integral part of Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club in Manhattan. However, recently, the club sued Shand for $1.5 million for not improving the menu for the Club’s reopening. 

According to the NYPost, the suit claims that Shand “failed to perform on significant aspects” of the agreement, which ended up “costing the club lost profits, loss of good will [and] alienation of clientele.” 

The court filing also says that “The club has not been able to adequately replace the items and services defendant was paid to provide.”

Shand’s lawyer told the NYPost that they are unsure why he would be sued. 

“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.”

[August 21]

UPDATE: Jay-Z and the 40/40 Club have dropped the lawsuit against former shef Michael Shand over failing to hand over a special spice recipe used for chicken when he was terminated from the position. According to NY Post, Shand’s lawyer Vik Pawar may still pursue a defamation lawsuit. “We still may sue the club for defamation of character and for the return of his possessions, including his laptop, which the club still has,” he said.

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