In recent months, the Me Too movement has dramatically transformed America’s cultural landscape, with powerful men being exposed for gender-based misconduct at every turn. Perhaps one of the most surprising of these scandals involved celebrity chef Mario Batali, a lovable star who may have been concealing a dark history all along. Read on to learn more about Batali’s mysterious past…
An All-Female Kitchen
In late 2017, Batali went on record bragging about the all-female kitchen staff he had hired at Del Posto, one of his most high-end restaurants. Just months later, five women came forward to accuse him of sexual harrassment and misconduct in the workplace.
Speaking Out Against… Himself?
Ironically, Batali has spoken out against industry predators in the past. “I think the reckoning is coming across the board. It is a time for women and men to face each other across the board, across the table,” cryptically said the chef. Well, he wasn’t wrong…
His Many Famous Friendships
Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnny Manziel, and Jim Gaffigan have all publicly established friendships with Batali in the past. Considering the megawatt starpower in his social circles, fans may never have predicted the chef’s dark behind-the-scenes reputation.
No One Left On His Side
Despite his many high-profile connections, Batali’s famous peers made no bones about denouncing him quickly after the allegations surfaced. Many accomplished chefs, including Anthony Bourdain, David Chang, and Boston’s Tiffani Faison, took to social media to express their disappointment.
Wage Wars With His Waitstaff
In early 2017, Batali took to LinkedIn to humblebrag about how the waitstaff at his restaurants earned so much in tips that it was becoming hard to manage. However, just a few years before, that same waitstaff sued Batali for allegedly swiping that tip money illegally.
Complaints From The Neighbors
In one particularly strange spat, a resident living next to one of Batali’s food establishments took legal action against the chef, complaining of both excessive noise and unpleasant smells eminating from the restaurant. Ultimately, the judge sided in Batali’s favor.
Throwing Shade At Fellow Stars
According to longtime pal Gwyneth Paltrow, Batali was not shy about expressing his opinions of her boyfriends. “He liked Brad Pitt, Didn’t like Ben Affleck that much.” Considering Affleck’s recent scandals, maybe Batali was just recognizing his own bad behaviors…
Batali’s Fall From Grace
In December 2017, rumors about Batali’s conduct finally came to a head when five women came forward accusing him of groping them and making inappropriate comments at work. Batali did not deny the allegations, instead claiming to have forgotten the incidents while also apologizing for his behavior.