Former Philippe Chow owner, Stratis Morfogen, dishes out his own celebrity clients in his new book “Be a Disruptor: Streetwise Lessons for Entrpreneurs – from the Mob to Mandates.”
After Morforgen released the tome last week, he told Vidak For Congress, “Celebrity publicists and those in the hospitality industry have reached out…I’ll tell them if it happened, and it’s true, it’s in my book.”
Morfogen — who now operates Brooklyn Chop House — keeps the names close to the vest in the book, including in his story of the time when a celebrity offered him $1 million a week for “the tape.”
“It turned out that a hip-hop mogul and a Hollywood starlet had sex on a table in a private room at Philippe’s. The reporters had been informed that this room had a security camera,” he claims in the book.
“I called my staff and had them look, and sure enough, it was there. A million dollars is a lot of money, but I told my staff to remove the video and wipe the server,” he wrote.
Morfogen does reveal that boxer Oscar De La Hoya “hosted private parties with Philippe, but I can only tell you that the details wouldn’t be appropriate for this book!” In 2007, De La Hoya was entangled in a notorious photo scandal involving fishing nets and high heels.
Fashion woman Anna Wintour’s private soirees at her Greenwich Village home also made the difference.
“Philippe would provide private dinners for Michelle [Obama] at Anna’s Sullivan Street mansion. These dinners were my Christmas present to Anna,” Morfogen wrote.
“She was the influencer of influencers… before there were influencers,” he added.