Celebrity chef Christopher Kimball’s dramatic divorce from Brookline media company America’s Test Kitchen isn’t just getting ugly. It’s getting expensive, too.
That’s one takeaway from the counterclaim Kimball has filed to defend himself against his former employer. ATK sued him earlier this fall, alleging that he secretly started building a new venture to compete head-on with the company, while still on its payroll.
Kimball fired back in Suffolk Superior Court last week, telling a different version of that story. The former ATK star, who left the company roughly a year ago, alleges in a counterclaim that he only started the new venture after being told in 2015 that he would be pushed aside as the top executive. The overseers of his former venture, Kimball alleges, made it clear last year that he should start his own company for the purpose of handling TV and radio productions for ATK.
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