Zambrero v Stuart Cook court case settled

Zambrero Cook case settled
Zambrero claimed former CEO Stuart Cook exaggerated his role in the chain’s growth. (Source:

Mexican-themed restaurant chain Zambrero’s court action against Stuart Cook has been settled.

Zambrero founder Dr Sam Prince had alleged Cook, a former CEO at the chain, had issued misleading statements about his role in building the restaurant business.

A Federal Court order following mediation dismissed the case after Cook agreed not to make or be involved with claims that he set up Zambrero, was solely responsible for building up the business when he was CEO, that he is primarily responsible for the brand’s success, or that he expanded Zambrero from two stores to more than 100 with another 250 pre-sold.

Cook, who with his wife Samantha (listed as a respondent in the case), founded the plant-based Flave fast food brand, also agreed not to suggest Flave had the same management team as Zambrero, or that the management team of Flave had been responsible for scaling Zambrero to more than 100 locations.

Zambrero declined to comment on the court order.

The undertakings were made by Cook without any admission of liability and without conceding that he has made any of the representations or that they are misleading or deceptive.

Cook was contacted for comment.