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first_imgDonegal celebrity chef Conrad Gallagher is in hot water again after suppliers accused him of not paying his bills.A TV star who has baked for Oprah Winfrey today tells how she was stung by the Letterkenny chef — after another of his restaurants closed over bad debts.Jacqui Biess, a South African baker and entrepreneur known in her homeland for starring in hit TV show Charly’s Cake Angels, roasted the Co Donegal-born cook. Controversial Gallagher has moved around the US, Ireland and South Africa in various roles, leaving a trail of unpaid bills.The credit-dodger had returned to South Africa in recent years after being declared bankrupt there in 2009.And the knives were out again for Gallagher after his latest African adventure turned sour.The businessman has recently been evicted from a pricey eatery in Port Elizabeth called, Gallagher’s on Stanley. He was accused of non-payment by several suppliers and was subsequently served an eviction order from the landlord.And the Donegal native allegedly left a string of unpaid suppliers in his wake when he moved to Port Elizabeth from Cape Town.The landlord at his former Cape Town restaurant, Cafe Chic, where he allegedly failed to fulfil an 18-month lease agreement, claimed she is owed €33,000 in rent and is taking legal action against him.The Irish Sun has spoken to a string of suppliers in South Africa who say they have been cleaned out by Gallagher.One Cape Town firm that suffered non-payment is Charly’s Bakery, which supplied another of Gallagher’s former businesses, Sundance coffee bar. Speaking about how she was left out of pocket by the conman, Ms Biess — who has previously made cakes for Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former South African president Thabo Mbeki and TV legend Oprah Winfrey — told the Irish Sun: “He moves around, not paying people. That’s what he does.“We supplied to Conrad at Sundance coffee bar.“He hasn’t paid a lot of suppliers and staff. He moved from Cape Town and seemingly done the same in Port Elizabeth.“We got some money back by withholding product, we demanded cash payments. Others have got nothing back.” Gallagher has recently admitted he did business with Charly’s Bakery when he owned Sundance, and added that he had “no idea if I still owe them money”.Another business owner claims: “He didn’t pay us money, it would be four figures.“We had to pursue him, he left Cape Town, we pursued him to Port Elizabeth. He would always be so charming in person, calling me ‘my darling’.“He would say he would pay but then there would be no payment. We still haven’t been paid. He did this to a lot of small businesses who simply can’t afford to be done like this.”South African food blogger Chris von Ulmenstein blasted the way Gallagher does business.Ms von Ulmenstein said: “The Sour Service Award goes to chef Conrad Gallagher, whose newest restaurant Gallagher’s on Stanley in Port Elizabeth has just been closed down due to non-payment of his debts — a few months after having been evicted from his former Breda Street restaurant premises in Cape Town (Café Chic), also for non-payment of rent, with payment being due to suppliers in Cape Town too.”And amid speculation Gallagher could return to his homeland, von Ulmenstein added: “Conrad has fled to Ireland once before, leaving significant debt in Cape Town.”Gallagher is being pressured by several South African suppliers, who have come forward to complain about his unpaid bills.Confronted recently about the debts, Gallagher admitted to having some “bad debt with a few creditors” in Port Elizabeth.Blaming bad luck, not understanding the local market and not being a “perfect person”, he said he was working towards clearing the debt and had already made major inroads in doing so.Gallagher continued: “After our very quiet opening in July we were very busy, but in early September things started quietening down drastically.”He rose to fame with Dublin restaurant Peacock Alley, where he was awarded a Michelin star between 1998 and 2002.He then opened Ocean seafood bar in Dublin’s Charlotte Quay, as well as Lloyd’s Brasserie, Christopher’s and Conrad Gallagher’s Shaftesbury Avenue restaurant in London in 2001, but all failed due to financial problems.In recent years he has moved around the United States, Ireland and South Africa in various roles, leaving unpaid bills and local suppliers reeling.The chef’s return to Dublin saw him open Salon Des Saveurs in the city centre and Conrad’s Kitchen in Sligo.In July 2011, Revenue filed winding up petitions against companies behind Salon de Saveurs and the venture in Sligo.They were then closed over a €166,000 tax bill.Celebrity chef Conrad Gallagher finds himself in hot water again was last modified: July 11th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:chefConrad Gallagherdonegalsupplierslast_img read more

first_imgDelta’s landfill got nearly a third less trash – and revenue – in 2014 than city officials were expecting. (Photo by Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks)City of Delta Junction officials are worried about the rising cost of operating the city’s landfill. And they’re  wondering what happened to the 400 tons of trash they were expecting to be dumped there.How do you lose 400 tons of trash? That’s a question Delta Mayor Pete Hallgren is trying to answer after finding out the city got one-third less tonnage of solid waste dumped into the city landfill last year than expected.“The amount of garbage that’s come in has dropped – fairly dramatically,” he said. “Which means we’re taking in less revenue now than we were four years ago.”Hallgren says landfill use has been slowly declining over the past four years. But he says the dropoff of tipping fees last year is putting pressure on the city budget.“Somewhere along the line, we’ve got to at least recognize the fact that the landfill is just not paying its way right now,” he said.The City Council intended the landfill to be self-supporting after it was built in 2005. But Hallgren says the city has been “subsidizing” the operation over the past few years with money coming out of a $300,000 state grant. But he says that can’t continue, because the remaining money is needed to expand the facility.“It’s looking like we are out over a $100,000 out of that grant,” he said. “And we’re going to have to use the grant to build a new cell. We don’t need it quite yet, but you’ve got to build them before you need them. So, the grant is not going to be available.”Delta Sanitation management and owners declined to talk about the company’s problems, despite several phone calls and a visit to their office earlier this month. (Photo by Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks)Last month the city council hiked landfill tipping fees by 28 percent, from $125 to $160 per ton. It was almost enough to close the revenue gap. Hallgren says closing the landfill is not an option.Meanwhile, the question remains: where’s the missing 400 tons of trash?The mayor, and others, says some is getting dumped at Fairbanks North Star Borough transfer sites in Salcha.“Let’s face it – Delta people go to Fairbanks. And there’s transfer stations on the way to Fairbanks from Delta.”Data from the borough’s hauling contractor shows trash dumped at Salcha and other borough  transfer sites increased last year, but there’s no way to determine how much of that came from people from outside the borough.City officials also are concerned at least some of the missing trash has been burned or buried in unregulated dumps, though there’s been no report of that around Delta.But one area resident did report tons of trash being stored on the property of the local trash-hauling company.“You could very definitely smell rotting garbage,” said Stacy Petersen, who lives down the road from Delta Sanitation in a mainly residential area.Petersen says she’d been complaining to the company for storing trash in big rolloff-type dumpsters on its property for weeks. One day last fall she and her husband, Jamie, came across an overwhelming stench wafting from the property while they were out walking their dogs.“The smell was so bad we could only go halfway and then we turned around and came back,” she said.“That’s when I told Jamie I said ‘That’s it. I’ve had enough.’”Petersen took her complaints to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, which launched an investigation. Delta Sanitation officials told the agency they’d run into financial problems and had to store trash on their property until they could catch up on payments to the city so they could start using the landfill again. The city had started turning away Delta Sanitation trash trucks early last year after the company racked up thousands of dollars in unpaid fees.In October, the agency ordered Delta Sanitation to fix its finances and pay the city.Meanwhile, the state Department of Environmental Conservation ordered Delta Sanitation to remove the trash and take it to the landfill.Company officials declined to talk to KUAC. But last month they did haul seven tons to the landfill.City officials admit they still can’t account for what happened to the other 393 tons of trash.last_img read more