A celebrity chef was arrested early Thursday after he picked up a Bronx high school student online and then met the teen for sex and sick filming sessions, court papers state.
Matthew Tivy, the chef and restaurateur behind Café Du Soleil on the Upper West Side, also took advantage of at least five other minors, distributing explicit photos and videos of teens from New Jersey, Florida and Ohio, court papers state.
Tivy was first busted by NYPD cops in May and charged with sexual abuse of a minor — and as part of that investigation, cops seized his Samsung Galaxy smartphone, Manhattan federal court papers state.
After Manhattan prosecutors got a search warrant to examine the phone, FBI investigators found text messages between Tivy, 54, and a Bronx high school student about the two having sex, according to court papers sworn out by a FBI agent.
Tivy first saw the teen — who was 14 or 15 years old at the time — on the hookup app Grindr and texted him about meeting up, court papers state.
The creepy chef then drove to a Best Buy parking lot in the Bronx to hook up with the teen on Dec. 30, 2014, texting him afterward, “Even though you were very bad not to tell how young you are haha but I didn’t mind,” court papers state.
When the teen texted back, “Oh, I thought I told you,” Tivy responded, “I’ve been with a high school guy before so it’s cool,” according to court papers.
The two also sent each other short videos of them having sex, the court papers state.
Tivy even bragged to pals on the messaging app Kik about his sick conquest, writing, “I have one kid that I f---ed in my car. He’s a high school sophomore,” according to court papers.
He also distributed naked photos of a New Jersey boy and boasted to his sick pals on Kik that he had oral sex with the boy when he was just 14 years old, the court papers state.
Tivy has appeared on the Food Network program “Chef Du Jour” in at least two episodes, cooking lobster ravioli and preparing foie gras.
He is expected to appear in Manhattan federal court Thursday afternoon.