Superstar chef Madison Cowan is in an actual pickle together with his Brooklyn landlord.
The British-born former champ of the Meals Community’s “Chopped” and “Iron Chef” contests owes 28 months in again hire to the tune of $73,700 on a one-bedroom Boerum Hill condominium he and his household have occupied since October 2019, his landlord Gus Sheha claims.
Sheha informed The Put up Cowan – whose website notes he’s catered posh occasions for former President Invoice Clinton, actress Scarlett Johansson and different A-listers — hasn’t paid a cent of his hire since January 2020. The month-to-month hire ranged from $2,700 to $2,750 over the size of his now-expired two-year lease.
Cowan took benefit of a pandemic-driven, state moratorium on evictions that stretched from March 2020 by means of Jan. 15, Sheha says, insisting his tenant has the means to pay his payments and is attempting to “beat the system.”
“He leaves his house wearing a different fur every day,” mentioned Sheha. “How broke can he be? If there was no COVID-19, I would have taken him to court two years ago to get him evicted.”
When the eviction moratorium was lifted in January, Sheha’s lawyer despatched Cowan and his household a “90-day notice” informing them they have to be out Might 1 or the owner would start eviction proceedings.
Sheha mentioned Cowan has but to but to reply. He added that the housing courtroom system is so backlogged that he expects to attend at the very least one other 12 months earlier than the case is heard whereas Cowan continues to stay in Sheha’s State Avenue constructing rent-free.
Cowan didn’t return messages.
Nevertheless, Sheha shared an Aug. 31 e mail between the 2 through which Cowan mentioned the pandemic “negatively impact[ed]” his “income and bottom line.”
He additionally mentioned he’s “willing to do [his] part” to assist Sheha get his hire paid by means of a state rental help program, however Sheha questioned why Cowan waited till final June to use.