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'Iron Chef' Star Sued by Wannabe Bartender

8/31/2010 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Iron Chef" star Masaharu Morimoto is being sued by a barback who claims the chef stiffed him on wages and tips.

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Jose Bueno says there's nothing bueno about the money he brings home from Morimoto restaurant in New York City. 

Bueno claims he earned less than the minimum wage and Morimoto retained portions of his tips and gave them to non-service employees, such as silver polishers.

Bueno also claims some of the tips were pocketed.

You'll recall ... TMZ broke the story "Iron Chef" Mario Batali was also sued recently by employees for allegedly pocketing tips.

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