Cornwall's Celebrity Chef wins his court battle
CORNWALL’S first Michelin-starred chef, Kevin Viner, this week won a court battle against his landlord who had cut off his electricity and accused him of not paying his bills and breaching his lease.
At the end of a three-day hearing at Truro County Court, Judge Nicholas Vincent, found no evidence to support the claims of Eric Randle, who runs the Carvynick Country Club, that the chef had set up a new business behind his back and not paid his bills.
He ordered an injunction preventing Mr Randle from interfering with Mr Viner’s business would remain in place until the end of the lease, which runs out in 2020.
He also ordered Mr Randle to pay Mr Viner’s £52,000 legal bill. The court heard that the chef had made repeated attempts to pay outstanding rent of about £13,000, which were refused by his landlord.
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It marks the end of a bitter 18-month dispute between Mr Viner, once voted the best chef in the UK, and the owner of the multi-million pound holiday park at Summercourt, near Truro, where Viners Restaurant has been based since 2004.
For the full story see this week’s West Briton and for the full outcome of the case and Mr Viner’s future plans see next week’s edition.