He is preparing a controversy.
The New York Post reports that celebrity chef Madison Cowan has taken his rent off the table since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic, and his landlord claims he has racked up more than $70,000 in debt.
Building owner Guy Sheha told the tabloid that the ‘Chopped’ and ‘Iron Chef’ winner hasn’t paid rent on his one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment since January 2020 — just three months after he signed a two-year, since-expired lease that guaranteed he would pay between $2,700 and $2,750 a month for the space.
The British-born cook, who says on his website he’s hosted events for the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Halle Berry and Donna Karen as well as big-name politicians like former President Bill Clinton and former mayor of New York City David Dinkins, claimed in an August email to his landlord that he had been negatively affected by the pandemic, according to the report.
But Sheha said that doesn’t seem to be the case.
“He leaves his house with a different fur every day,” Sheha told the newspaper. “How broke can he be? If it hadn’t been for Covid-19, I would have taken him to court two years ago to have him expelled.
Pandemic-affected tenants were allowed by state law to forgo rent payments during a moratorium period that ended Jan. 15. Sheha’s attorney has since sent Cowan 90 days’ notice saying he will vacate the property by May 1 lest the landlord initiate eviction proceedings.
Sheha claimed that Cowan did not respond and feared that, with a housing tribunal so pending, Cowan would continue to live there rent-free.
Cowan, who has also appeared on cooking shows such as “Kitchen Casino” and “Beat Bobby Flay” while serving as a culinary board member for the Food Bank For New York City, applied for the food assistance program. rental from the state last June, according to the report.
[New York Post] — Vince DiMiceli