That’s the lesson chef Mike Shand is apparently learning the hard way, after Jay-Z filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against Shand for failing to perform adequately for the $10 million reopening of Jay-Z’s 40/40 bar and restaurant chain. The first 40/40 was opened in Manhattan in 2003 and branches have since been opened in Atlantic City and Las Vegas.
Shand, who previously was in charge of the food for both Jay-Z and Beyonce while on tour, was hired to spice up the menu for the 40/40 club. According to the legal papers filed in Manhattan, Shand “failed to perform on significant aspects” of the deal, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The lawsuit also states that “the club lost profits, loss of good will (and suffered) alienation of clientele… The club has not been able to adequately replace the items and services (the) defendant was paid to provide.”
In response, Shand’s lawyer, Vik Pawar, says, “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.”