Mario Batali Steps Down from Restaurant Empire Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Who Is Mario Batali's Wife Susi Cahn? Chef Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

Who Is Mario Batali's Wife Susi Cahn? Chef Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

The allegations spanned at least two decades, and three of the accusers have worked for The Chew co-host in the past.

Food news website Eater New York published an article on Monday that said four women accused the chef of inappropriate touching.

Other stories involved occasions when Batali would unexpectedly grope female employees' behinds or breasts, and an occurrence when he sat in front of a doorway, forcing one worker to straddle and climb over him to make her way through.

As one example of the environment he was talking about, Batali offered up his very own Del Posto: "It's not because they have a vagina, it's because they are the smartest people for the job", he said of why the staff is nearly all-female.

Batali confirmed to NBC that the allegations "match up" with his past behavior, and that he is taking leave from his businesses for an unspecified period of time.

"I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt".

"As I've expressed many times before, this is an especially tough industry for women to excel in", Lynch said in the statement. He called the behavior "wrong" and said he takes "full responsibility".

In October, Besh stepped down from his Besh Restaurant Group after more than two dozen female employees reported that he subjected them to sexual harassment. The incident was the first formal complaint made against him and he had been reprimanded and required to attend training.

Chef Mario Batali rides in New York’s Columbus Day Parade in 2016
Chef Mario Batali rides in New York’s Columbus Day Parade in 2016

Batali is also stepping away from his company, Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group.

"To the people who have been at my side during this time - my family, my partners, my employees, my friends, my fans - I am grateful for your support and hopeful that I can regain your respect and trust", he said.

Chef Mario Batali samples coffee during a tour of "Eataly's prior to the grand opening of 'Eataly's" on August 31, 2010, in New York City.

The chef also backs the Mario Batali Foundation, which helps feed, educate and empower children. Batali's statement assumes sexual harassment is an indulgence, a rational urge taken "too far" rather than an abuse of power and a dismissal of consent.

"Cahn, who is so many things that Batali isn't-petite, dark-haired, East Coast, Jewish to his lapsed Catholic, early-to-bed to his out-until-early, reserved and deliberate to his outgoing and impulsive-illustrates the kind of person Batali probably gets on with best", the profile read. I want any place I am associated with to feel comfortable and safe for the people who work or dine there.

Among the changes Colicchio suggested is that restaurants change the culture that defines what it means to be a successful chef in order to level the playing field and to create "real opportunities" for the "new crop of kickass women running their own kitchens". "The failures are mine alone". We train employees in these policies and we enforce them, up to and including termination.

The latest lengthy dive into allegations of sexual miscount comes via Eater-and, as the publication suggests, involves a chef.

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