Uh oh. News this morning that Mario Batali is being accused of sexual harassment.
Anyone who has worked in the restaurant biz knows the environment is tough. Diva chefs. Drugs. Craziness abounds. It strikes me as odd that the charges are being levied now. Batali has long left being in the kitchen. So these charges had to be long ago or are as part of his ownership of Eataly.
He’s a cohost of the daily cooking show The Chew and it was said Mario was responsible for forcing Daphne Oz’s departure, that they butt heads.
I’ve never met the man but I did have one kid who worked in the kitchen at Tarry Lodge. The stories were pretty terrible back then.