Connecticut Chef Arrested in Beating Over Cold Canapes

The executive chef at a popular grocery store was arrested after police said he beat a fellow chef at a private party because her appetizers were cold.

George Llorens, 60, turned himself in Saturday. He was charged with third-degree assault and released on $10,000 bond. He is due back in Bridgeport Superior Court July 31.

Chef Pascaline Pruvost told police that she and Llorens were at a home making food for a wedding when Llorens allegedly yelled at her about her food preparation. Llorens swore at Pruvost and punched her in the face and head, police said. Pruvost said he grabbed and bruised her arms when she raised them to defend herself.

Reached at work Wednesday, Llorens declined comment.

Pruvost said she waited to call police because she did not want to ruin the wedding.

"Thirty-four years of friendship goes down the drain, but I had to tell police, nobody has the right to hit somebody else," Pruvost told the Connecticut Post.

Llorens is executive chef at Stew Leonard's, which has stores in Danbury, Norwalk and Yonkers, N.Y.

Stew Leonard's spokeswoman Meghan Flynn said she was unaware of the incident, which did not happen at a store-sponsored event. Llorens still works for the store.