Chef Tastes Victory in Fight with Rapper; HELL'S KITCHEN WINNER BEATS OFF US RECORD LABEL CLAIM

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Chef Tastes Victory in Fight with Rapper; HELL'S KITCHEN WINNER BEATS OFF US RECORD LABEL CLAIM


Byline: ALASTAIR CRAIG

CELEBRITY chef Terry Miller has beaten top US rapper Jay-Z's record label in a legal row over naming rights.

Terry, who was TV's 2005 Hell's Kitchen winner, was made the subject of a legal challenge four years ago by Roc-A-Fella Records.

They claimed his nowclosed Rockafella restaurant breached their trademark rights.

The US-based music label, founded by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter in 1996, launched legal proceedings against the reality TV star with the UK's Intellectual Property Office.

But Mr Miller, formerly of Darras Hall, Ponteland, has now won a ruling granting him a trademark for the restaurant and food branding name Rockafella.

The 51-year-old, who is married to Linda, 53, admits the ruling comes as a moral victory only, coming two years after he was forced to shut his business, in Newcastle's Amen Corner.

The recession-hit restaurant had been launched by Mr Miller with his pounds 250,000 Hell's Kitchen winnings, and was opened by chef Gary Rhodes and former Newcastle United and England striker Alan Shearer.

The couple currently work as head chef and stewardess on a Russian millionaire's yacht moored off the coast of Croatia, after deciding on a fresh start in 2008.

From aboard the pounds 20m, 140ft Feadship cruiser, Mr Miller, 51, told The Chronicle today: "I'm happy with the legal win because it's a moral victory as much as anything.

"Unfortunately the restaurant is gone now but I still hope to market my King Prawn Rockafella signature dish, possibly through supermarkets, and I want to keep the name. …

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