Chef Drama: Lawsuits From Scott Conant and Leah Cohen

By Kelly Dobkin  |  September 20, 2013

Trouble in TV chef land - first up, Top Chef alum Leah Cohen of NYC's Pig and Khao is suing the restaurant's management company, NYRSG, owned by restaurateur Rick Camac (Fatty Crew). Cohen claims that NYRSG "failed to pay" their restaurant's bills, including their suppliers and landlord and they are now on the verge of getting tossed out. Cohen and her father invested $400K into the restaurant and they currently owe the government $47K. Today, the legal team representing Camac and Fatty Crew released this statement, accusing Cohen of inaccuracies:

"We are disappointed that Ms. Cohen has released inaccurate information and is filing false allegations against Fatty Crew Hospitality Group. The claims are in retaliation to a termination of Ms. Cohen's contract as the chef in July of 2013, but she was not removed pending a deal to buy out Mr. Camac's 50 percent ownership interest. We will defend and controvert these claims before the Court as soon as our client is served. We expect Pig and Khao to continue operating, and are confident that all legal matters will be sufficiently resolved by the Court. We have no further comment until this matter is decided." [TMZ/Eater NY]

In other TV chef lawsuits, Chopped judge Scott Conant of Scarpetta (NY, LA, Miami, etc.) is suing his business partners and the company Red One in a massive suit over breach of contract in a somewhat complicated case. The main crux of it lies in the alter ego company that Red One sprouted, called LDV, which opened several other ventures including many at the Revel resort in Atlantic City, NJ. Conant claims that he was wrongfully cut out of LDV's openings. Further, Conant argues that LDV benefited by use of the Scarpetta name in said openings and Cohen's group is pursuing $23 million in damages. [Eater NY]