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'Top Chef' Alum

Has a Khao

You Sabotaged My Restaurant!

9/19/2013 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Top Chef" alum Leah Cohen -- who placed 6th on Season 5 of the show -- is in dire straits with her NYC restaurant Pig & Khao ... and now she's suing the restaurant's management company, blaming it for all her financial woes.

Leah filed the lawsuit against New York Restaurant Services Group -- owned by famed restaurateur Rick Camac -- claiming she signed a 50/50 business deal with it last year, agreeing to split ownership of her restaurant in exchange for its management services.

Leah says NYRSG agreed to oversee Pig & Khao's operations, including finances, development, marketing, advertising, training of staff, and a bunch of other management-related tasks -- but ended up getting Pig & Khao into a heap of money troubles instead.

According to Leah, NYRSG failed to pay the restaurant's suppliers, its staff, its landlord, and even the Tax Man -- resulting in massive unpaid bills and frozen bank accounts -- but still insisted on paying itself a 3% management fee.

Leah -- who claims to have invested $400,000 in the business with her father --  says the restaurant owes the government $47,283, her landlord is threatening to throw her out, and she's on the brink of losing everything.

She says the restaurant is "clearly failing," and has been operating at a loss pretty much since it opened last fall. (For what it's worth, Pig & Khao has stellar Yelp and Zagat reviews. So check it out.)

She is suing NYRSG for unspecified damages, and wants to terminate their business relationship ASAP. A rep for NYRSG had no comment.



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Dog And Pony    

Which one is Pig and which one is Khao?

378 days ago

Donka Do Ball    

Jeez-Louise, Slow news day ?
"who placed 6th on Season 5 of the show ..."

378 days ago


lets all not comment at once

378 days ago


She maybe can cook, but she was the MOST annoying Top Chef contestant ever.

378 days ago


Management company has a win win situation. They put up no money, get 50% of any profit or 3% if they manage to get ruin her business. 3% of what? Lousy contract, hope she changed lawyers.

378 days ago

Mumra the Ever Living    

Stupid bimbo drops her fathers life savings into a restaurant and then when her "boutique" storefront eatery in a former jewelry store goes under, she wants to sue everyone.
Get with the plan honey, this isn't a "REALITY SHOW", it's real life and you suck at it.

378 days ago

Dead account Delete at will    

Ya love the, Its been failing since it opened so I drug in partners. Its still failing so now i'm suing the people that joined me in my failure of a restaurant.

378 days ago


the only ones who will come out benfitiing more from this thing will be the lawers and the management company for either way they will be still making money from her.

378 days ago

Pablo Escabar    

I'd hit it

378 days ago


No wonder the business failed, she can't even spell "cow" . Pull the plug on it ! Small independent eateries never become their owner's cash khao.

378 days ago


I don't know why I keep coming to this page. Maybe there is not enough gossip out there but I would rather read nothing then about some reality contestant who is losing her restaurant, a guy who MIGHT shave his beard, LaBron in Italy or the Nintendo guy dying.

378 days ago


I wouldn't eat at a placed called "Pig and Khao;" maybe millions of other New Yorkers feel the same way!

378 days ago


Restaurants are one of the worst business ventures you could do. The vast majority make very little money and a huge percentage of them go bankrupt within a year or two. She does have a bit of fame which helps, but nowhere near enough star power to draw people in on her name alone.

378 days ago


Tons of restaurants open and close. It is tough to compete with the huge chain restaurants.

378 days ago

Ozzie X    

Whilst your endeavor fails it is time to place the blame on others.

378 days ago
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