Iron Chef Feenie says he was forced out of his Vancouver eateries

Vancouver's own Iron Chef, Rob Feenie, is speaking out about why he's leaving his world-famous restaurants.

Vancouver's own Iron Chef, Rob Feenie,quit as executive chef of Lumiere and Feenie's in Vancouver on Friday.

He told CBC News onMonday morning that he blames his business partners, David and Manjy Sidoo, for forcing him out.

"It is a big decision for me to leave. It was not made by me. It was made by them," he said.

The top-rated chef became a household name when he won the Iron Chef title on the popular TV show in 2005.

His eponymous restaurant, Feenie's, was known for its casual creative cuisine, including his version of the humble hot dog known as Feenie's Weenie.

Next door, the high-end Lumiere was one of Vancouver's top-rated restaurants.

Feenie reportedly lost control of the two restaurants when he brought in the Sidoos as new investors to helppay off some debts in 2005.

The celebrity chef said he doesn't have any immediate plansto open a new restaurant.

But he did say he calls Vancouver home and couldn't imagine working anywhere else.