NYC chef and frequent Chopped judge Scott Conant's company Scarpetta Inc. has filed a massive lawsuit against his business partners and their company Red One for breach of contract and conversion. Eater NY reports that the heart of the grievances lies in the fact that despite an agreement that Red One would offer Conant's company "the opportunity to pursue, within a reasonable period of time...any opportunity with respect to any restaurant with a wait staff which Red One intends to pursue," Red One developed an alter ego called LDV which opened restaurants in Miami, New York City, and Atlantic City.
Conant claims that he was wrongfully cut out of LDV's restaurant openings. Conant also alleges that LDV benefitted from the use of Scarpetta's name in various press releases and marketing materials. LDV's restaurants include American Cut, Lugo, Azure by Allegretti, Bar Tanaka, Vesper, and Lucy's Cantina Royale. Courthouse News Service reports that Conant is seeking $23 million in damages. Eater NY reached out to Conant's lawyer who says: "Our client's claims as set forth in the complaint speak for themselves and we look forward to having them heard in court. Otherwise, we have no comments at this juncture of the litigation." Check out the full, 75-page suit over at Eater NY.