August 24, 2012


UPDATE: Jay-Z Drops Lawsuit Against Chef of 40/40 Club

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Update: According to the New York Post, Jay-Z has dropped his lawsuit against chef Michael Shand over an alleged secret recipe for chicken wing spice mix. Shand had reportedly not turned over the recipe to the club, initiating the lawsuit. While Jay-Z has dropped the lawsuit, thus forcing us to kill our planned "Sue Chef" headline, Shand's lawyer said, "We still may sue the club for defamation of character and for the return of his possessions." 

Take a hard look at Jay-Z in the pic above. It's the face I imagine Hov gives when told his Gulfstream's air conditioning broke or when Beyoncé asks if he can run to Walgreens for more diapers in the middle of a Nets game. You do not want to be the recipient of that face.

Today, 40/40 Club chef Michael Shand received said gas face from Hov, as the New York Post reports that Jay is suing the chef for $1.5 million after he "failed to perform on significant aspects" of a deal to improve the club's menu earlier this year. The lawsuit alleges that "the club has not been able to adequately replace the items and services defendant was paid to provide,” though it's unclear what specifically Shand failed to do.

Jay may want to have someone update 40/40's website, which states that Shand "created a new menu that is sure to please both the sports fan and casual diner," two vastly different types of eaters. "Guests will be enticed by the upscale traditional American sports bar cuisine, done with a twist." That twist, apparently, was not twist-y enough for the rapper, who claims in the lawsuit that Shand "cost the club lost profits, loss of good will [and] alienation of clientele."

As of today, you can still "Meet Chef Michael Shand" on the club's website, which, after curiously including that his home country of New Zealand was the "home of the recent fatal earthquakes," mentions his experience as chef for "The Beyoncé Experience" and Bey's "I Am" tour.

Shand's lawyer told the Post, "Mike’s a great chef, and it is unclear why 40/40 would contemplate a lawsuit against him." For those of you who wish to show solidarity with Jay, $2,500 bottles of Remy Martin Louis XIII are available for "pre-order" on the club's site, should you be the type that plans bottle service in advance.