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Jay-Z -- 99 Problems And My Chef Ain't One

6/3/2011 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jay-Z's personal chef just got one hell of a promotion -- because TMZ has learned the rapper handpicked the guy to take over the kitchen at his revamped 40/40 Club in NYC.

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Sources connected to Jay tell us ... Jigga has been VERY hands-on in the $10 million renovation of the first 40/40 Club in Manhattan -- and felt the only way to guarantee the food would be up to his standards was to put personal chef, Mike Shand, in charge of the menu.

Shand -- who's been working for Jay for years -- was appointed Executive Chef of the club and has already packed the menu full of Jay's personal faves ... including a Baja-style catfish.

Jay's rep tells TMZ, "[Jay] knew that Mike would be able to improve upon the current menu in ways that had the Jay-Z seal of approval because many are dishes that he eats himself on a daily basis."



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stay positive    

I don't understand they problem, if it is a all black club so what....U GUYS NEED TO GET OVER WITH THE RACIAL THING...ITS OLD AND STUPID...SEEMS TO ME, IT SOUNDS LIKE SOME OF YOU ALL FROM ANOTHER RACE IS JEALOUS.....WHEN A CERTAIN RACE HAS AN ISSUE WITH BLACK PEOPLE..THEY HAVE A ISSUE WITH THEMSELVES.....SWEETIE, U GUYS NEED TO GO BACK AND GET THE BLACK HISTORY BOOKS AND U WILL SEE ITS A LOT OF THINGS WE USED AND SEE TODAY, THAT BLACK PEOPLE INVENTED..THE ENGINE IN YOUR CAR, LIGHTS, HANDLE BARS ON YOUR BIKE, THE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM U USED FOR AIR..AND SO ON SO FORTH...GUYS GET OVER IT AND STOP BEING EVIL..THAT'S A EVIL SPIRIT THAT NEEDS TO STOP...WHO THE HELL R U TO SAY SUCH IGNORANCE FROM OUT OF YOUR MOUTH....GOD BLESS U ALL..HAVE A SAFE WKEND..I LOVE ALL PEOPLE THAT HAVE LOVE IN THEIR HEARTS...

1236 days ago
17.

Mike    

Have any of you Busters ever been to 40/40 before the renovations? And will you go after the renovations? And will you open up a spot and spend 10 million on renovations? The answer to probably all of those questions is NO. So stop hatin!! Stick to your Dive Bars and moonshine.

1236 days ago
18.

stay positive    

SOME OF U REALLY SHOW YOUR TRUE COLOR....I GUESS U GUYS ARE MAD BECAUSE YOUR NOT SO CALL SUPERIOR ANYMORE......(IF THAT'S WHAT U THINK)...NEVER WAS IN MY EYES....GET OVER THE IT...AND GROW UP....HAVE A GOOD DAY..

1236 days ago
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stay positive    

MIKE I TRULY AGREE....JUST MAD BECAUSE HE IS BLACK AND HE CAN THROW AWAY 10 MILLION DOLLRS WITH NO PROBLEM.HAVE A GOOD WKEND TO ALL PEOPLE...

1236 days ago
20.

jb    

Jay you got my mouth water for catfish now!!!! love me some catfish...

1236 days ago
21.

TheUltraworld    

$10m just to renovate? This fool has too much money. He'll be broke someday.

1236 days ago
22.

camaguey    

Here is a guy who can't put a sentence together and then have it be understood by the human ear. He complete ignores this horrible deficiency and continues to "talk" that way which makes him sound like he never finished kindergarten (uh...did he?). And he has a chef!?!!? Only in America.

1235 days ago
23.

Jonas    

camaguey

Smart people like Obama, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Oprah or Forbes readers or the brothers in the hood or even the UN Secretary General can understand him perfectly, here is the problem YOU can't understand him which makes YOU the problem. And to be honest, I don't think that people like you need to understand him. What could he possibly gain from you understanding him? 5 fans from a ranch in Montana? #fail.

1232 days ago
24.

Jazzo    

Y'all Must never been 2 the 40/40 club..... The food is decent,they did not buy sprinklers,they dont even have grass..the reason why he did that,he's a wealthy man,with fine taste,and its his brand,His 10 Million dollars..... You Put up the money then U can call shots and have opinions.....

1230 days ago
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