In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein story, chef and television personality Mario Batali offered up his views on how to combat sexual harassment in the workplace for an Oct. 30 video for Fast Company.
“You need a workplace free of fear, that harbors an excellent feeling of the potential for collaboration and creativity,” he said. “And if you want to keep really talented people around, you need to create an environment for them that harbors excellence.”
Weeks later, Batali has taken leave from his restaurants and co-hosting duties on ABC’s “The Chew” after the website Eater reported Monday that four women accused Batali of sexual harassment. In the wake of the allegations, the Food Network announced it is putting plans to relaunch his seminal show, “Molto Mario,” next year on hold.
One woman described two instances where Batali made inappropriate and unwelcome physical contact with her, while the others alleged that Batali groped their breasts and buttocks at industry parties. Three of them worked for him, while the fourth has not but works in the industry. Batali has stepped away from operations of his empire of 26 restaurants worldwide, which he co-owns with restaurateur Joe Bastianich, though he remains an owner.