Cheflebrity Andreann Geise Takes On Notorious Manios Brothers
Known to millions of Food Network viewers for her work on Ultimate Recipe Showdown, Chef Andreann Geise is a goddess of all things culinary. It makes since that any restauranteur would tab her to lead their kitchen. It seemed that Drew and Chris Manios had made an incredible hire at their Myrtle Beach discotheque slash Greek restaurant Mykonos.
A glance at Mykonos’ reviews certainly indicates that Geise was doing more than just lending her famous name to the Carolina eatery. Her Ossobuco especially was generating buzz. So why did owners Drew and Chris Manios not pay their chef for over five months? Well, I guess that is a question for the courts to answer as Geise has filed suit against the Manios Brothers.
It seems odd that the brothers would go to the trouble of recruiting a chef with a Food Network pedigree and making her the center piece of the marketing campaign for Mykonos then not pay her. Or does it? When you look into the Manios history you’ll see that it may not be at all out of character.
Shortly after airing her grievances online, Geise’s Facebook page lit up with countless others relating their dealings with the Manios Brothers. They have a dubious reputation including, but not limited to, an employee working security of the Manios’ seedy Club Kryptonite being gunned down on the job and the brothers purportedly refused to pay the medical bills.
So just what is the Manios’ reasoning for not paying their chef? In an official response to the law suit the brothers claim that just holding the executive chef title at Mykonos is all the compensation anyone deserves. Really? Commander’s Palace or Nobu maybe but a no-name disco in South Carolina? It’s clear to even the most casual of observers that any success Mykonos has enjoyed has been due to the talents and celebrity of Andreann Geise.
Chef Andreann for her part is resolute that justice be served. She’s a tough lady who once stared down the barrel of a .45 in an armed robbery so I doubt she’s going away. Perhaps the best thing for Drew and Chris Manios is to just pay her for her work. After all, foodies are loyal to celebrity chefs and any perceived wronging of them may lead diners to avoid restaurants like Mykonos.