Celebrity chef Anne Burrell knows about bad cooks. Now, apparently, she’s learning that partnerships can also have its problems.
The spiky haired Burrell, who co-hosts the Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America reality competition featuring cooking exercises by amateur kitchen bumblers and celebrities, has closed Phil & Anne’s Good Time Lounge just under a year after opening.
Despite its reported popularity, owners Burrell and restauranteur Phil Casaceli reportedly have had some disagreements on its operation.
The Smith Street restaurant has been shuttered since last Monday, although Burrell denies that a decision on closing it permanently has been made, according to the New York Post.
“Anne did not close the restaurant,” a spokesman told the Post. “Unfortunately, she and Phil have had differences of opinion during their business relationship that made running a restaurant together impossible,” adding, “Phil and his representative have been unwilling to meet thus far to try to reconcile the situation.”
Casaceli differed with that assessment, telling the Post he has tried to reach Burrell numerous times. “I sent her a letter the Monday after Thanksgiving. I’ve called her, texted her and e-mailed her and she has claimed that she didn’t receive them.”