Soul Daddy's Jamawn Woods lays blame on Chipotle

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Jamawn Woods of Soul Daddy blames Chipotle on his woes.
Jamawn Woods, winner of America's Next Great Restaurant, and founder of three quickly-shuttered Soul Daddy eateries, including one at the Mall of America, is blaming his failure on one of his backers, Chipotle.

Woods told the celebrity rag TMZ ** that the management team provided by Chipotle had no experience with soul food, the root of poor operations.

Woods hasn't filed any legal action, but apparently claims that the show owes him a year's salary of $46,000 and is supposedly negotiating a settlement.

**We recognize TMZ is not exactly the pinnacle of investigative journalism. This story ran next to "Celebrity Scruff vs. Smooth--Vote!" and "Sam Ronson's Mug Shot--Attitude Much?"

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babyd
babyd

The show might’ve been an investor’s wet dream, but ultimately a really unhealthy setup for innovation and resolve. By nature of the show’s format, strong restaurant owners were weeded out for ones more willing to cater to every silly whim and idea of the investors. (Did anyone wince every time Bobby Flay insisted upon his opus idea of revolutionizing the grilled cheese sandwich concept with “dipping sauces! DIPPING SAUCES!!!”) The poor gentleman who won the show was set up to fail, and to be the scapegoat for the investors’ really obnoxious and out-of-touch whims. Hopefully, the next time they decide to put their money where their egos are, they’ll be responsible and merciful enough not to hijack some working stiff’s dream and drive it over a cliff.

danica3715
danica3715

My mother is Southern born and raised, and I've had collard greens and black-eyed peas more times than I can remember, and they are GROSS. Of course the restaurants received mixed reviews. You either love that food or you hate that food. The celebrity chefs were way off on the selection, especially considering the locations of the restaurants. If it had been Charlotte, Atlanta and New Orleans, they MIGHT have done a little better. But really, America is trying to get away from this kind of food - even if it is prepared "healthy." They should have picked the Indian gentleman. That concept/menu would have been more successful in NY, MN, and LA.

danica3715
danica3715

My mother is Southern born and raised, and I've had collard greens and black-eyed peas more than times than I can remember, and they are GROSS. Of course the restaurants received mixed reviews. You either love that food or you hate that food. The celebrity chefs were way off on the selection, especially considering the locations of the restaurants. If it had been Charlotte, Atlanta and New Orleans, they MIGHT have done a little better. But really, America is trying to get away from this kind of food - even if it is prepared "healthy." They should have picked the Indian gentleman. That concept/menu would have been more successful in NY, MN, and LA.

danica3715
danica3715

My mother is Southern born and raised, and I've had collard greens and black-eyed peas more than times than I can remember, and they are GROSS. Of course the restaurants received mixed reviews. You either love that food or you hate that food. The celebrity chefs were way off on the selection, especially considering the locations of the restaurants. If it had been Charlotte, Atlanta and New Orleans, they MIGHT have done a little better. But really, America is trying to get away from this kind of food - even if it is prepared "healthy."

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

In all seriousness, what they did to this dude is fucking shameful. 

I believe it was an article on HT or Strib in which they broke down that since the show was not renewed for another season, they had no reason to keep this place around as a model of their success and shut it down. 

A business decision? Perhaps. Doesn't seem to hurt Chipotle's business to eliminate another quick serve place. Maybe the next show will be called, "Americas Next Top Noodles & Co" so they can shut that down too.

Sean
Sean

I blame David Rees.

Honestly
Honestly

Since it's more or less quoting an interview there isn't anything wrong with getting his opinion from TMZ --though it's sad that he didn't get coverage in a more serious publication (yet?) --seems like his post-show story would make a good article in a major paper like the NYT or WSJ. Chipotle really did let him down too soon.

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

Really? CP got scooped on this? Did dude close on that place in Lakeville? Drive down there and get the story.

First question: Why in the fuck would you move to Lakeville?

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