In January 2015, Spanish celebrity chef Omar Allibhoy won a child custody battle in B.C. Supreme Court, which ruled his estranged wife violated international child abduction laws when she brought their toddler to live in B.C.
Allibhoy, 30, is the part-owner of two successful London restaurants called Tapas Revolution, and has been dubbed the “Antonio Banderas of cooking” by Gordon Ramsay.
In the end the judge ruled that under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, a parent cannot unilaterally change the habitual residence of a child.
He ordered that their son must be returned to London, where the issue of custody could be settled by British courts.
Editor’s Note: Hold on Kelly Rutherford supporters and the Kelly-heavy spin media, KR’s former spouse did not change the habitual residence, the judge in California did. We stumbled upon this case when researching if Kelly Rutherford was the first celebrity to kidnap her children.
B.C. court rules chef’s estranged wife was wrong to move their child from London to Coquitlam (ABP World Group, Jan 15, 2015)