The Soup Man, episode of Seinfeld, was inspired by Al Yeganeh, who runs Soup Kitchen International and The Original Soup Man chain of restaurants throughout the United States.
The dispute arose because creditors of the now bankrupt company, Soup Kitchen International, allegedly claim that the original owners mismanaged the company. During a 2009 licensing deal with Bob Bertrand as the CFO, Soup Kitchen International allegedly lost the rights to soup recipes and the name.
Remarkably, this somewhat mirrors the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld, when the character – Elaine – gets the recipes for the soups and says “You’re through, Soup Nazi. Pack it up. No more soup for you. Next!”
The creditors and those associated with Soup Kitchen International, were recently ordered into mediation. The talks are scheduled for next week.
Mr Yageneh may be called into testify in the case, if the case does not settle in mediation.