Jay-Z and 40/40

Hip-Hop Rumors: Is Jay-Z Really Suing His Personal Chef Over A Chicken Wing Recipe?

Earlier this week, we reported on how Jay-Z is suing his personal chef, who was also the chef at his 40/40 club in NYC, for $1.5 million. According to the lawsuit, Mike Shand failed to perform significant aspects of his deal with the 40/40 Club, which called for him to spice up the menu for the club’s $10 million renovation earlier this year. But the lawsuit claims that the chef’s lack of performance cost the club lost profits, along with the alienation of its patrons.

Well today, the NY Post is reporting that a chicken wing recipe is at the center of the lawsuit. Really, a chicken wing recipe? Check out what they reported today:

One source tells us that Shand left “taking the recipes to popular menu items such as chicken wings, forcing the club to sue.” But we’re told Shand happily handed over all his recipes — except his spice mix. Shand’s lawyer Vik Pawar told us, “The spice-mix recipe that Mike developed is his own recipe. 40/40 terminated him, then had the audacity to sue him for his recipes. He gave them all apart from this spice mix because it is his own. Mike had a wonderful relationship with Jay-Z and Beyonce for many years.”

It has to be more than just not giving up a chicken wing recipe. I tell you one thing, I hope Jay and Bey had a non-disclosure agreement with this chef. He was mighty close to the Carters, and I’m sure he has more than a few stories he could sell.

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  • Mitchell Patterson

    Why so much focus on the chicken wings? It clearly said spice-mix recipe. He also cost the club money with his “lack of performance”. But all we see is a pic of Jay Z and some (delicious-looking) chicken wings.

    To quote Rick Ross, “this is deeper than chicken”.

  • That_N

    I don’t get it. The food this chef was serving caused the 40/40 club to lose money BUT they want the rights to his recipes?????? W…..TF

    • Chris

      (applause)…It makes no sense.


    The negligence is on Jay Z. You fire an employee when he’s not performing his job up to your standards. Thats his fault his company was losing money, because he had the ability to replace him with someone else. As far as the dspute over a spice rub, from a menu that cost you millions is pretty ridiculous. Kinda sounds like a bullshit story.

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  • upinsmoke3000

    Jay always seemed sneaky to me.

  • mars_manfrom

    if jay z keeps making dumbass moves like this he’ll be outta his “throne” quick!

  • Jigga shoulda just used some Reggae Reggae sauce in that b*tch!

  • Nemesis_Enforcer

    I think Sydney would would be devastated if she found that Jay-Z and Beyonce are actually NORMAL

  • Jay doesn’t care!!

  • LetsBeRealpeople

    Lace, I do not know what to do with you..today. You looked like you were having a decent hip hop week, and then…How are you all told to market Jay-Z. I ‘m sure there are rules, because he has to stay relevant the closer he gets to 50. Are you told that bullsh’t stories are acceptable as long as you reach a minimum of three stories on Jay-Z per day? What’s the pay like? Are you “winning” you must be. “Winning”. You’re killing me,Smalls.

  • D_Ably

    Jay-Zs nothin but a clown with loads of money and 0% creativity

  • maybe he should get dame to help him run the club

  • Southcidal

    Jay Z from the projects and he got a white boy cooking his chicken? Huh?

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