Tag Archives: sexual harassment

What Should We Expect From the Men Who Run Restaurants?

Source: Grub Street NY

For the first time in perhaps ever, male public figures feel uncomfortable, especially those in the restaurant world. In the wake of the ongoing allegations of sexual assault in the industry, they’ve received contradictory messages on the behavior we expect from them, as “leaders.” Bon Appétit pleaded

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After Accusations of Sexual Misconduct, Four Barrel Owners Say They’ll Turn the Business Over to Employees

Source: Grub Street NY

Days after the San Francisco Chronicle reported on a discrimination lawsuit against Four Barrel founder Jeremy Tooker, the owners have announced that they intend to give over ownership to employees. In a statement posted to Four Barrel’s website, co-owners Jodi Geren and Tal Mor say that Tooker relinquished …

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Babbo Chef Frank Langello Leaves Following Sexual-Harassment Allegations

Source: Grub Street NY

The fallout continues in Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s restaurant empire. Longtime Babbo executive chef Frank Langello, who has been accused of creating a highly abusive work environment, is no longer employed there, Eater reports. Opened in 1998, Babbo is the restaurant that took Batali’s career to another …

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Four Barrel Coffee Owner Accused of Sexual Assault by Multiple Employees

Source: Grub Street NY

One of third-wave coffee’s biggest names has stepped down. Over the weekend, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that eight former employees have accused Four Barrel founder Jeremy Tooker of various kinds of misconduct in a new lawsuit, from joking explicitly at work to forcibly groping workers at …

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Bay Area Chef Accused of Sexual Harassment by 17 Employees

Source: Grub Street NY

Charlie Hallowell, a restaurateur and chef in Oakland, has stepped aside at his restaurant group following a new San Francisco Chronicle story in which 17 former employees allege sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace. The culture these women say pervaded his three well-regarded restaurants — Pizzaiolo,

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Employees Say Harassment and Abuse Are Rife at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s Restaurants

Source: Grub Street NY

Following sexual-harassment allegations against Mario Batali, more of the chef’s employees have come forward, saying that he and his business partner Joe Bastianich’s behavior encouraged a culture of sexual harassment and abusive behavior.

As part of a detailed, disturbing report, Eater spoke with employees from Del Posto,

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Alon Shaya Wants to Permanently Remove His Name From John Besh’s Restaurant Group

Source: Grub Street NY

The fallout continues at disgraced chef John Besh’s restaurant group. Alon Shaya, formerly the company’s biggest not–John Besh star, has “abandoned his efforts” to purchase Shaya — the hot Israeli restaurant in New Orleans that carries his name — from Besh Restaurant Group, and decided to file …

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Here’s How Twitter Reacted to Mario Batali’s Cinnamon-Roll ‘Apology’ Newsletter

Source: Grub Street NY

Mario Batali issued an apology, of sorts, to the sexual-harassment accusations brought against him with a breathtakingly tone-deaf newsletter. After several paragraphs devoted to the “many mistakes” he’s made and the work that he will do to “regain your respect and trust,” the email concluded with a postscript, …

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Mario Batali Officially Fired From The Chew

Source: Grub Street NY

It was pretty clear that this was coming, but ABC has officially fired Mario Batali from his Emmy-winning daytime cooking show The Chew. The network launched a several-days-long investigation into potential misconduct by the co-host while on the show; nothing surfaced, but that’s sort of beside the point, ABC says.

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What Now for the Spotted Pig?

Source: Grub Street NY

This past Wednesday night at the Spotted Pig — roughly 36 hours after the Times first published a ghastly investigative report on co-owner Ken Friedman’s sexual transgressions — looked like any other weeknight at the restaurant. The hostess quoted a 45-minute wait for a two-top. A waitress snapped …

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Amid Ken Friedman Scandal, April Bloomfield Posts Apology

Source: Grub Street NY

In a detailed, harrowing New York Times report, ten women accused restaurateur Ken Friedman of sexual harassment. Among other things, the allegations included groping, texting employees for nude photos or group sex, demanding sex, and condoning his friends’ (including investor Mario Batali, who has been accused of …

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Top Chef Edited John Besh Out of His Upcoming Episode

Source: Grub Street NY

The chickens continue to come home to roost for John Besh. Since 25 of his employees reported sexual harassment and assault at his 1,200-person restaurant group, the chef has stepped down, lost two nationally syndicated cooking shows, and has been dropped by partners like Harrah’s. Now it’s …

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5 More Women Come Forward to Accuse Batali of Sexual Harassment

Source: Grub Street NY

One day after Eater reported four women’s allegations of sexual harassment by Mario Batali, more have come forward with accusations against the celebrity chef. Batali also appeared in a detailed, explosive report by the New York Times about sexual harassment and abuse by restaurateur Ken Friedman, and was …

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5 Female Kitchen Workers Sue McCormick & Schmick’s for Sexual Harassment

Source: Grub Street NY

A group of five Boston McCormick & Schmick’s employees have filed a sexual-harassment lawsuit against the seafood chain, equating working alongside the men in their restaurant’s kitchen to “being treated like a prostitute.” Their complaint, written by the legal groups Fair Work and the Lawyers’ Committee for …

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10 Women Accuse Spotted Pig Co-owner Ken Friedman of Sexual Harassment

Source: Grub Street NY

In the New York Times report published today, ten women accuse restaurateur Ken Friedman of sexual harassment and misconduct, as well as creating a toxic work environment. Since opening the Spotted Pig in 2004, Friedman has been one of the most visible faces of the New York restaurant …

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Ken Friedman, Power Restaurateur, Is Accused of Sexual Harassment

Source: NY Times Food

Ten female employees say they were sexually harassed by the owner of the Spotted Pig. Dozens described it as a toxic workplace fueled by fame and fear.

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Actress Siobhan Thompson Says Batali Groped Her When She Was a Del Posto Hostess

Source: Grub Street NY

Mario Batali has his first on-the-record accuser: Actress Siobhan Thompson, a comedy writer who’s appeared on Adam Ruins Everything and CollegeHumor’s Originals series, says the chef groped her while she was a hostess at Del Posto, the high-end Italian spot that he bragged, just this fall, has an …

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Mario Batali Appeared on a Sexual-Harassment Panel Just 6 Weeks Ago

Source: Grub Street NY

Mario Batali has not denied today’s bombshell claims that he sexually harassed at least three employees and one other industry worker, saying the behavior described in Eater’s report “does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted.” But that’s not the tact he took back in …

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How the Restaurant Industry Is Reacting to the Mario Batali Sexual-Harassment Report

Source: Grub Street NY

Today, Mario Batali became the latest high-profile man to be accused of sexual harassment since the Harvey Weinstein accusations opened the floodgates. In a report published this morning by Eater, four women came forward with allegations of groping, lewd comments, and other inappropriate and demeaning behavior. As a …

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Food Network Halts Production on Molto Mario Reboot

Source: Grub Street NY

The Food Network has halted plans to relaunch Molto Mario following sexual-harassment allegations against Mario Batali, a spokesperson confirms to Grub. Production on the show had wrapped, and it was set to premiere in early 2018. But in a report published by Eater New York earlier today, four women …

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Multiple Women Accuse Mario Batali of Sexual Misconduct

Source: Grub Street NY

Mario Batali, one of the country’s most famous chefs and restaurateurs, has stepped away from his restaurant group following allegations of sexual harassment. Four women tell Eater New York stories involving Batali’s alleged misconduct that occurred over the course of 20 years, going back to Batali’s time at Pó, …

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Since 1995, Restaurant Workers Have Filed More Sex-Harassment Claims Than Employees in Any Other Industry

Source: Grub Street NY

Here’s a reality check for anybody who wants a better grasp of what women working in restaurants are up against: BuzzFeed News has published literally every single sex-harassment claim filed between 1995 and 2016 with the EEOC, the federal agency that enforces workplace discrimination and harassment …

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Former Jean Georges Pastry Chef Johnny Iuzzini Accused of Sexual Harassment

Source: Grub Street NY

Star pastry chef turned food television personality Johnny Iuzzini has been accused of sexual harassment by four former employees. The incidents, reported by Mic, allegedly occurred during Iuzzini’s time at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s flagship restaurant, Jean Georges. They were shared with writer Rachel Tepper Paley by two pastry chefs …

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