POSTED: 8:21 am CDT July 20, 2006
UPDATED: 8:28 am CDT July 20, 2006

EATON, Conn. -- A top chef at a Connecticut grocery chain is accused of beating up a female colleague in a dispute over cold hors d'oeuvres.

The 60-year-old executive chef for the Stew Leonard's grocery stores, George Llorens, is charged with assault. He's due in Bridgeport Superior Court on July 31.

He allegedly punched another chef, Pascaline Pruvost, in the face and head on July as they prepared food for a private wedding.

Police said he was apparently upset because her canapes were cold.

He surrendered to police Saturday after being told there was a warrant for his arrest. He was freed after posting a $10,000 bond.