Political nemeses aside, Donald Trump made a number of enemies in the restaurant world this year. Here’s a rundown of his more notable rows.
Trump vs. Andres
In August, news broke that Trump was suing Chef Jose Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup for backing out of a deal to develop a flagship restaurant in a new Trump hotel. His requested recompense? $10 million.
Andres had called off the deal due to disparaging comments Trump made about Hispanic immigrants while on the campaign trail. The restaurateur countered the real-estate mogul’s legal action, calling it “unsurprising and without merit” and filing a breach-of-contract suit of his own.
Bourdain vs. Trump
And just when seemed like all was quiet on the Trump front, former restaurateur Anthony Bourdain blasted The Donald, saying that the candidate’s plan to deport 11 million illegal immigrants would shutter “every restaurant” across the country.
It wasn’t the first time Bourdain had taken Trump to task publicly this year. In June, he called the tycoon’s Taj Mahal hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, “the enemy of the human spirit.”