But issues turned bitter when business accomplice Ansarul Alom, 36, was eliminated as a director of the five-star restaurant amid monetary difficulties a year later, Westminster magistrates’ courtroom heard.
Mr Joseph, who burnished his culinary credentials as head chef of Michelin-starred restaurant Tamarind in Mayfair, reported Alom to police after receiving a stream of offended messages.
The chef already suspected Alom of posting negative reviews for Kahani on Tripadvisor in a bid to wreck his fledgling business, and told the courtroom he had to transfer home, change his car and switch cellphone numbers to strive to cease the harassment.
Alom made a collection of allegations throughout his trial, claiming he had confronted the ire of collectors when Kahani bumped into monetary difficulties and went into liquidation.
He claims Mr Joseph, 43, and his business accomplice, Saket Shrivastava, 47, had left him chargeable for unpaid payments totalling £400,000 after he was ousted from the restaurant.
Finding Alom responsible of harassment, District Judge Michael Snow said abusive messages have been despatched in June and August last year when Mr Alom was eliminated as a director and that he was discontented by the liquidation of the company. In the primary textual content Alom wrote: “You f***ing idiot, you think you are funny.”