Mario Batali Gives Up Shares In His Restaurant Franchise

Lynne Versluys 7 Mar 2019

The famous chef has given up his partnership in his restaurant chain in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.

1. Building His Brand

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Celebrity chef built a career making cooking accessible and was a regular on talk shows and the late night circuit. He was also the cohost of The Chew for six years.

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2. #MeToo Allegations

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In December of 2017, allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment were leveled at Batali by Eater. The magazine ran the accounts of four women, and eventually,​ four more women came forward. Batali took a leave of absence from his company Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group.

In 2018, 60 Minutes ran a piece with even more allegations, and the NYPD confirmed that they were investigating Batali.

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3. His Apology Was... Weird

Batali issued an apology through his newsletter to subscribers.

"As many of you know, this week there has been some news coverage about some of my past behavior. I have made many mistakes and I am so very sorry that I have disappointed my friends, my family, my fans, and my team."

However, things took a weird turn tonally when he included a link to his website following the apology.

"ps. in case you’re searching for a holiday inspired breakfast, these Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls are a fan favorite."

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4. The Fallout

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Following the allegations, Food Network declined to release episodes of his cooking show Molto Mario, and Target ended their partnership and would no longer carry his line of sauces and cookbooks in stores.

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5. Surrendering His Shares

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This week, Batali surrendered his shares in Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, ending his partnership with co-founder Joe Bastianich.

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6. He Will No Longer Profit

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It will now be known as B&B Hospitality Group, with Tanya Bastianich Manuali (Bastianich's younger sister) taking over as the ​leader. She told the New York Times that Batali "will no longer profit from the restaurants in any way, shape or form."

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7. New Partners

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Chefs Nancy Silverton and Lidia Bastianich will take on the position of partner and Melissa Rodriguez and Jeff Katz, the head chef and manager respectively of the flagship restaurant, Del Posto, will become managing partners of the group.

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8. He Likely Made A Profit

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Batali also sold his shares in his popular restaurant Eataly for an undisclosed amount of money.

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9. Dedication To The Craft

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In an email to their employees, the Bastianiches thanked them for "your dedication to your craft and colleagues through a challenging year" and assured them that they would be "providing a culture that empowers each and every one of you to grow and develop in your career."

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