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Celebrity Chef Cat Cora Is Suing Another Company for $100K

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Plus, Dig (previously Dig Inn) is plotting a full-service restaurant — and more intel

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Cat Cora sues a kitchen appliance company

Celebrity chef Cat Cora has found herself in the midst of another lawsuit. This time she’s suing Gourmia, a kitchen appliance company that she claims owes her $100,000 for using her photo on its branded products. Cora inked a promotional deal with the company that was supposed to be paid out in monthly installments, though Cora claims she hasn’t been paid since March.

But Gourmia says the company terminated Cora’s contract after her social media fight with prominent Chicago fine dining restaurant Alinea, when she stormed out of the restaurant yelling obscenities and criticized it on Instagram following a botched reservation.

Cora recently won a slightly similar lawsuit against the shuttered Manhattan restaurant Fatbird, where she sued the restaurant for unpaid consulting fees and fees associated with using her name, likeness, and recipes. She was eventually was awarded $565,000.

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