Curtis Stone has stepped out amidst a legal battle with his former nanny.
The celebrity chef appeared in great spirits as he attended the SAG Campari Ambassador Dinner in Los Angeles.
The Australian cook, 47, beamed as he posed alongside American actress Antonia Gentry.
Curtis dressed in his best chef’s finery, wearing a white, short-sleeved shirt and neat black trousers.
During the event, he showed off his skills, whipping up a delicious cocktail during a demonstration.
Curtis Stone (pictured) has stepped out amidst a legal battle with his former nanny. The celebrity chef appeared in great spirits as he attended the SAG Campari Ambassador Dinner in Los Angeles
Stone showed no signs of stress despite his recent personal woes.
He is embroiled in a legal battle with his former nanny who allegedly ‘feared for her safety’ when she confronted him over poor working conditions and unpaid wages – and she’s demanding a jury trial.
Stone and his wife Lindsay Price, 46, hired Melissa Talley in 2019 to look after their children Hudson, 11, and Emerson, eight, at their sprawling $11.5million mansion in the upmarket suburb of Brentwood, Los Angeles.
Ms Talley did not live with the family, but was required to cook for the boys, read to them, drive them to classes and activities, bathe them, and do small household chores – for an annual salary of US$65,000 (AU$94,000).
The Australian cook, 47, beamed as he posed alongside American actress Antonia Gentry (left)
Curtis dressed in his best chef’s finery, wearing a white, short-sleeved shirt and neat black trousers
During the event, he showed off his skills, whipping up a delicious cocktail during a demonstration
Californian labour laws state employees are required to work a maximum of nine hours per weekday, or 45 hours per week in total. Employers must pay time-and-a-half for all additional hours of work.
According to court documents filed in the LA State Court in September last year, Ms Talley claims she regularly worked more than nine hours a day – but alleges she was not paid overtime.
The childcare worker also claims an hour was deducted from her wage for lunch, even though she was not given off-duty meal breaks.
Furthermore, Ms Talley alleges she was fired when she approached Stone with her concerns.
Ms Talley’s celebrity lawyer Frank Kim – who is suing Kanye West for allegedly failing to pay 500 performers – told Daily Mail Australia that Stone tried to force his client to sign a document in February 2020 and allegedly ‘harassed’ her when she refused.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Stone for comment.
Curtis Stone and Lindsay Price (pictured with their children) hired a nanny in 2019 to care for their sons
Court documents say Stone tried to hand Ms Talley a check for US$1000 (AU$1400) during the same meeting. She did not sign the document or accept the money.
Ms Talley claims she was then ‘summoned’ to Stone’s office a few days later to meet with him and another person, during which time her employment was allegedly terminated and she was told to sign another document.
She claims he did not explain what the document was for, or why she needed to sign it.
‘Feeling pressured and overwhelmed, Ms Talley left the office and sat down in the hallway to compose herself and review the document outside of Stone’s presence,’ court documents say.
‘However, Stone immediately followed Ms Talley and continued to pressure her into signing the document while hovering over her.
‘In fear for her own safety, Ms Talley finally signed the document without reading it in order to stop Stone’s harassment.’
The former nanny claims she has suffered ongoing ‘humiliation, emotional distress, and mental and physical pain and anguish’.
Curtis Stone is an ambassador for Australian supermarket, Coles. He lives and works in California
She alleges Stone’s ‘misconduct was committed intentionally, in a malicious, oppressive, fraudulent manner’.
Ms Talley is seeking compensation for the overtime she worked, with interest, plus damages including lost wages and earnings, and demanding Stone cover her legal fees.
The case is due to go to arbitration, with the next case management conference scheduled for March 21.
Should the matter go to trial, Ms Talley has demanded her case be heard before a jury.
Stone – a household name in both Australia and the US – has an estimated worth of about $36million. Along with the Brentwood property, he also owns a $9million ranch in Malibu.
He operates three upmarket restaurants in LA called Maude, Gwen, and Georgie, and is the ambassador for Australian budget supermarket, Coles.