Masterchef responds to claim she stole thousands from restaurant
By Adam Proskiw
Top Chef contestant Chris Shaften and Masterchef Canada contestant Kaila Klassen were dating prior to Shaften forcing her out of a company they co-founded.
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September 15, 2014 - 12:06 PM
KELOWNA – A dispute between a local reality show chef and her former business partner at Krafty Kitchen may be headed to Supreme Court.
Kaila Klassen, a semi-finalist in the TV show Masterchef Canada, says she was removed from the company, Krafty Kitchen and Bar Ltd., after she broke off a personal relationship with owner Chris Shaften.
Shaften filed a Notice of Claim in August saying Klassen “removed company funds for personal use” and that Krafty Ltd. will seek reimbursement in the amount of $25,000.
Last week, Klassen’s lawyer filed her response, saying all funds were used for legitimate purpose and were approved by Shaften.
“Ms. Klassen further asserts that Krafty Ltd.’s claim is without merit and was filed primarily to draw media attention to their August grand opening.”
The reply says she intends to pursue a defamation claim in B.C. Supreme Court. Part of the defamation lawsuit centres around a local news story that outlines Shaften’s side of the story but not hers.
“It was very one-sided and has had a big impact on both my personal and professional life,” she says.
The amount that will be sought has not been disclosed.
Klassen, 25, was a realtor in West Kelowna before she became a contestant on the hit TV show Masterchef Canada earlier this year.
Shaften, 31, a chef from Calgary, was a contestant on Top Chef Canada in May 2013.
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