et another high-profile celebrity has been accused of sexual misconduct. This time, it's a famous chef that you probably recognize from Iron Chef or his most recent role as a co-host on ABC's The Chew. It's Mario Batali, and the details do not look good.
Starting yesterday, rumors started going around that a famous chef was going to be accused of sexual misconduct.
Most of the people we’ve seen accused of sexual misconduct have been in the entertainment industry or politics. This newest accusation may be the first big-time famous chef.
Few people were surprised that sexual predators could be lurking in the food industry.
We’ve seen people (mostly men) from the entertainment industry fall gracelessly from their pedestals, and we’ve seen politicians accused of inappropriate behavior. Some of them have resigned from their positions while others appear to be going on to enjoy even more success.
But the food industry has, until this point, appeared to remain untouched by rumors of sexual misconduct. If you know anyone who works in the food industry, though, you would have known that this behavior is by no means absent at restaurants.
Perhaps we’ll now start learning about the true behaviors of famous chefs and restaurateurs.
After this most recent reveal, the food industry may never be the same, much as the entertainment industry appears to be changing forever.
Anthony Bourdain hinted at the news yesterday before finally revealing the man at the center of the allegations:
Mario Batali has straddled the line between the entertainment and food industries for years.
And according to several accusers, he’s crossed the line into solidly predatory behavior for more than 20 years.
Now, some of his victims have started coming forward. The details they’ve shared are awful.