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.