José Andrés in hot water after backing out of Trump deal

The Economist, Jose Andres
Chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup was sued by Donald Trump’s company on Friday after backing out of a business deal last month. File Photo

When celebrity chef Jose Andrés turned the tables and fired Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate didn’t take it lightly.

Trump Old Post Office LLC sued Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup and an affiliate, Topo Atrio LLC, for $10 million, citing two counts of breaking a contract for their restaurant deal in D.C., the Washington Business Journal reported Friday.

Andrés, who was last year’s Commencement speaker and is an adjunct professor at the University, backed out of opening a restaurant in Trump’s D.C. hotel following remarks Trump made about Mexican immigrants. ThinkFoodGroup had a 10-year lease with Trump International Hotel to open a flagship restaurant.

According to the lawsuit, the restaurant group requested on July 17 that Trump apologize for his statements on immigration and not make similar claims in the future. Trump Old Post Office LLC told ThinkFoodGroup it was in default of its lease because they missed the deadline to submit construction documents. The suit was filed in U.S. District court for the District of Columbia.

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