Burgerim is a burger chain that’s been accused of bilking hundreds of hard working Americans out of their life savings, so it should be no surprise that Foodgod is involved. According to Page Six, The Scam Artist Formerly Known as Jonathan Cheban “has become a victim of the catastrophic collapse of an allegedly sketchy burger chain,” but upon further investigation, the real victims were the people who, with the help of Foodgod, were enticed into sinking their life savings into Burgerim franchises only to be left holding the bag when the company’s founder and president fled the country (via Restaurant Business). But yes, boo-hoo, Foodgod is also out whatever the monetary equivalent of 2 free pairs of Yeezys is. How will he ever survive. He’s going to have to start dipping his chicken wings in copper (or, fingers crossed, lead) instead of gold.
Apparently Foodgod’s lawyers have been trying to sue Burgerim’s owner, Oren Loni, but they can’t find him. Page Six reports:
Kim Kardashian’s BFF-turned-culinary guru Foodgod became the face of an apparently booming nationwide brand, Burgerim, last year. He posted gushing reviews of the place on Instagram, writing, “HOLY BURGERS! I love this spot @officialburgerim. WHO WILL SHARE THIS WITH ME?” He even brought along Kardashian, who was snapped leaving a Woodland Hills, Calif., location and was quoted in the press as saying, “It tastes so good!” (Kardashian has no formal link to the company, we’re told.)
But now Foodgod’s fired off a legal letter cutting ties with the brand, as a new report claims that the company aggressively signed up inexperienced franchisees — with apparently no substantial plans to actually run the business once they’d forked over the franchise fee. Many of the alleged victims were “teachers, cooks, accountants [and] police officers,” according to the report, “many of whom drained savings accounts and retirement accounts to pay their fee.”
Here’s Foodgod earning that check. He should definitely be in the front of the line for getting paid back over the people who lost their homes and livelihoods.
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Restaurant Business says that Foodgod’s involvement went beyond just posting about Burgerim on Instagram. Mid-December of last year, Burgerim franchise operators received an email telling them the company was considering filing for bankruptcy.
The message featured the name of a person put in charge of the brand, along with an email that didn’t work. Phone calls to company headquarters went unanswered. Voice mailboxes were full. Even employees had no idea what was going on.
But one type of contact to Burgerim did generate a quick response: one from someone interested in opening a franchise.
The inquiry through the company’s website generated a response from a sales rep on New Year’s Eve, 13 days after the company told franchisees it was restructuring and a week after it allegedly told operators that its offices were closed through the holidays. The email got the prospect’s name wrong, starting with “Hello My Dear Wilhelm” before it launched into a sales pitch on Burgerim that included a link to a video made by social media influencer and Kim Kardashian friend known as “Foodgod.”
“The timing has never been better to become a Burgerim franchise owner,” it said.
Sloppy bullshit told sloppily. Well, at least he stays on-brand. Hopefully Foodgod can get his money back quickly so he doesn’t wind up homeless like some other victims of Bergerim’s “pyramid scheme” or worse, have to fly coach on his way back from Paris Fashion Week!