Contractor sues 'Top Chef' winner over equipment installed at failed Philadelphia restaurant

Associated Press

A winner of TV's "Top Chef" is being sued over a failed restaurant in Philadelphia.

A Lancaster contractor says chef Kevin Sbraga still owes $106,000 for kitchen equipment installed at the now-shuttered Juniper Commons.

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Clark Food Service Equipment's lawsuit, filed Friday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, calls the South Street restaurant an "abject failure." It closed after less than six months.

Philly.com (http://bit.ly/1NGn0gM ) reports that Sbraga referred calls to developer Carl Dranoff. He called the lawsuit a "routine matter" and expects it will be settled.

Sbraga won Bravo's "Top Chef" cooking competition in 2010, impressing judges with his roasted duck dumplings.