Celebrity Chef Mario Batali has issued an apology for decades of sexual abuse and included a recipe for Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls along with it.
To be fair, most celebrities once accused of sexual harassment eventually do the right thing. They send out an apology, resign, and walk away from public life with the tails between their legs and their careers irrecoverably shattered.
Mario Batali got most of those steps right but added a recipe for cinnamon rolls at the end.
Maybe that’s appropriate for celebrity chefs accused by multiple women of decades of sexual harassment… actually no, that’s never the appropriate thing to include in an apology email.
Last week Batali came under fire from multiple publications accusing him of decades of sexual harassment to former employees at his restaurants and women in the larger food industry. After being fired from ABC’s The Chew, Batali stepped down from his restaurants and then issued an apology for his behavior in his newsletter.
Hi guys, it’s 2017 and Mario Batali just apologized for sexual harassment AND gave a recipe for Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls all in one email. pic.twitter.com/88VuVB8a4H— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) December 16, 2017
“As many of you know, this week there has been some news coverage about some of my past behavior,” the newsletter begins. “I have made many mistakes and I am so very sorry that I have disappointed my friends, my family, my fans and my team. My behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility.
“Sharing the joys of Italian food, tradition and hospitality with all of you, each week, is an honor and privilege. Without the support of all of you — my fans — I would never have a forum in which to expound on this.
“I will work every day to regain your respect and trust.”
Which would have been fine had he stopped there. But Batali can literally not stop sharing his joy for food, so at the bottom, he had to include a holiday recipe.
“ps. in case you're searching for a holiday-inspired breakfast, these Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls are a fan favorite.”
While those cinnamon rolls do look good, an apology for decades of abuse is not the appropriate forum for sharing holiday recipes.
At least four women have come forward with stories of sexual harassment while working for or with Batali in the restaurant industry. The celebrity chef was disciplined for inappropriate behavior on the job as recently as October.