In a report published Monday by Eater, a female chef who spoke on condition on anonymity accused Batali of grabbing her breasts after he offered her a job.
Two other women, former Batali employees, claimed he grabbed and groped them in the kitchen.
We built these restaurants so that our guests could have fun and indulge, but I took that too far in my own behavior. I want any place I am associated with to feel comfortable and safe for the people who work or dine there. The successes I have enjoyed are owned by everyone on my team. To the people who have been at my side during this time - my family, my partners, my employees, my friends, my fans - I am grateful for your support and hopeful that I can regain your respect and trust.
More than a decade after his last original episode, Mario Batali has stepped back into the Food Network kitchen for fresh installments of “Molto Mario,” the show that helped make him a culinary star.
The case settled and a settlement was shared between 1,100 workers throughout his restaurants.
Zakarian denied the allegations that were made against him in the lawsuit.Deen issued an apology but the Food Network still decided to cut ties with the celeb chef after 11 years. ” In the past Bourdain has insulted Food Network stars Rachel Ray and Sandra Lee.Deen also lost her endorsement deals with Walmart, Target, QVC, Sears, and Kmart. In 2015 former Food Network personality Anthony Bourdain was in Atlanta talking about life with a group of avid food fans and he made some not-so-nice comments about fellow chef Guy Fieri. Surprisingly, Bourdain did have at least one nice thing to say about colleague Ina Garten, but he took at dig at the network at the same time. "She’s one of the few people on Food Network who can actually cook." Bobby Flay, one of the biggest stars on the “Food Network,” split from his third wife Stephanie March in 2015, and rumors immediately swirled it was because he was having an affair with Giada De Laurentiis, who left her husband around the same time.ABC Television has fired celebrity chef Mario Batali from "The Chew" amid allegations of sexual misconduct.The allegations surfaced in an online report earlier this week, and Batali was immediately removed from the show while ABC investigated.The Food Network employs the many of the top trendy, charismatic chefs, but those cooking experts don’t always behave themselves. Here are some of the moments that made headlines: In 2013, Paula Deen and her brother were sued by a former employee who claimed she was the victim of harassment.In a deposition, Deen admitted using the N-word and making jokes that could be perceived as racist.But the network took swift action, issuing this statement on Friday: "Upon completing its review into the allegations made against Mario Batali, ABC has terminated its relationship with him and he will no longer appear on "The Chew." While we remain unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him and anyone affiliated with our show, ABC takes matters like this very seriously as we are committed to a safe work environment and his past behavior violates our standards of conduct."Batali also stepped away from his restaurant business after the news broke earlier this week.The allegations came from four women who said Batali engaged in sexual misconduct dating back to the 1990s.“Molto Mario,” the cooking program that first aired in 1997, will premiere six new episodes that will feature the chef preparing meals with friends and celebrity guests.The show has not produced new episodes since 2005, although Batali continued to appear on the network’s “Iron Chef” programs until 2010.