Would-Be Bride Booked for Assaulting Runaway Chef

Hot-shot cook claims he was beaten by ex-fiancee

By Tim Minton and Hasani Gittens
|  Friday, Oct 16, 2009  |  Updated 7:39 PM EDT
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Would-Be Bride Booked for Assaulting Runaway Chef

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Chef Todd English displays his auction item at Stars For A Cause reception and private viewing at Bonhams on May 18, 2009 in New York City.

The jilted bride of celebrity chef Todd English was booked today on assault charges after the cook claims she bashed him in the eye last month.

Erica Wang turned up at the 13th Precinct station house Friday morning to be interviewed by cops about the Sept. 14 incident, according to her lawyer.

Wang pleaded not guilty Friday to second-degree assault.

Cops say  Wang and English were fighting Sept. 14 when she threw a metal watch at him, hitting English in the corner of his eye.

According to the criminal complaint, the attack caused English to "suffer a black and a bleeding laceration that required seven stitches and [caused] substantial pain."

The couple was scheduled to be married on Oct. 3 but English called it off days before, claiming Wang was abusive. She denied those claims in an interview with the New York Post.

Instead of canceling on reception guests, Wang went on to party that night at the St. Regis Hotel, saying she felt the need to still entertain the invitees.

English has been a guest on Bravo's "Top Chef." He is the owner of the Olives chain, and other restaurants.

Wang's lawyer, Charles Clayman, says he believes the two will resolve the matter and go on to lead separate lives. English's representative won't comment.

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