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"Top Chef" Judge Sued for Stiffing

12/13/2008 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

An ex-waitress at one of "Top Chef" judge Tom Colicchio's restaurants wants to haul him in front of a different kind of judge -- the kind that could get him to shell out money he allegedly didn't pay her.

Nessa Rapone filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court, alleging Colicchio didn't pay out "minimum wages" and "overtime compensation" and also didn't pay her back for getting her uniform cleaned. She worked for Craftbar in Manhattan from March to May 2007, and also says she was fired when she yapped about her unfair treatment.

Tom says the lawsuit is "baseless."

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