Food NetworkLatest News and Opinion
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 11:59PM EST
Guy Fieri’s flame shirt is considered hip in 2018
Vogue reports the flame shirt that the Food Network star became synonymous with — which he actually disliked — is currently having a “fashion moment.”
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 11:32PM EST
Mario Batali restaurants are having trouble finding new employees following his sexual harassment scandal
The New York Daily News reports “job openings in the eateries made famous by the disgraced chef are still popping up all over Craigslist.”
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
Does the Food Network risk becoming out of touch by featuring so many "super wealthy" hosts?
“Is there anything inherently wrong with being wealthy? Nope,” says Meghan O’Keefe. “But there is a larger trend here that I find deeply troubling. If all the major personalities on Food Network come from wealthy backgrounds, elite culinary careers, or are selected through a rigorous reality competition, it sends a distinct message about food: only the ‘best’ people deserve good food, and being able to cook ‘good food’ is an indicator of your worth.”
TOPICS: Food Network
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 12:03AM EST
Paula Deen has a new cooking show on RFD-TV
The controversial former Food Network personality is now starring in Positively Paula, which is shot in Deen’s home and is shown on the rural-themed cable channel.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Food Network edits out accused sexual harasser John Besh from a second show
Celebrity chef Besh, whom Top Chef announced would be removed from an episode later this season, was also taken out of this week’s Iron Chef Showdown episode.
Posted Friday 12/15/17 at 10:35PM EST
Mario Batali incorporated a recipe for pizza dough cinnamon rolls into his apology to fans for sexual harassment
The disgraced TV chef began his weekly newsletter, which was sent out Friday, with an apology for his sexual misconduct. “As many of you know, this week there has been some news coverage about some of my past behavior,” Batali wrote. “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 I take full responsibility." As Buzzfeed notes, the very brief newsletter takes an unexpected turn at the end, when Batali writes: "ps. in case you're searching for a holiday-inspired breakfast, these Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls are a fan favorite."
Posted Tuesday 12/12/17 at 5:50PM EST
Ex-Mario Batali employee recounts being sexually assaulted, prompting a new apology from the celebrity chef
The Washington Post offers new allegations against the celebrity chef, detailing a Vanity Fair party at his buzzy Los Angeles restaurant Osteria Mozza, a popular restaurant among celebrities. The Post quotes Holly Gunderson, a special events director at the restaurant, who says Batali grabbed her in the crotch, putting his hand “between my legs, up and under, so his hand went on my vagina outside of my clothes. And then he moved his hand backward. So, you know, under my butt. And then continued walking.” In a statement to The Post, Batali said: “I apologize profoundly to the people I have mistreated and hurt. The entire day of events surrounding the party I was the personification of idiocy, a drunken and idiotic fool, with no respect for the staff at Osteria Mozza, the guests nor for the restaurant itself. That behavior was horribly wrong, shameful and degrading and there are no excuses. I wish I could have the day back and do it right. I take full responsibility for my deplorable actions and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or anguish I caused.”
- Batali may have sexually assaulted a woman in a retaurant’s private room dubbed “the rape room,” according to The New York Times
- The Chew reacts to Mario Batali’s sexual misconduct allegations
- Food Network freezes plans for brand-new Molto Mario episodes
- Products bearing Batali’s name pulled from New York City’s Eataly
- Online petition calls for Target to drop Batali’s product line
- Giada De Laurentiis: “It’s time for a cleansing”
Posted Monday 12/11/17 at 9:04AM EST
Four women accuse Mario Batali of sexual harassment, prompting him to step away from ABC’s The Chew
The Chew co-host and Food Network personality has been accused by four women of inappropriately touching that has spanned at least two decades, according to an Eater New York exposé. The allegations range from Batali rubbing a woman’s breasts without permission to repeatedly grabbing a woman from behind. “Batali was reprimanded for inappropriate behavior in the workplace as recently as two months ago,” Eater reports. In response, an ABC spokesperson said it has asked Batali to step away from The Chew “while we review the allegations that have just recently come to our attention.” Batali responded to the allegations with a statement saying: “I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted. That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family.”
- Anthony Bourdain hinted at the news on Sunday night, tweeting: "No. Trust me. Monday is really gonna suck... It’s where you stand when the people you care about and admire do awful things that matters. Keeping head down and hoping it goes away? No." After Eater published its story Monday morning, Bourdain tweeted. "It’s Batali. And it’s bad ."
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 9:21PM EST
Johnny Iuzzini, a judge on Top Chef: Just Desserts and The Great American Baking Show, accused of sexual harassment
Four former employees have come forward alleging that the celebrity chef sexually harassed them when they worked under him at Jean-Georges pastry kitchen, according to Mic. Asked to respond, Iuzzini denied some of the allegations and said he was “shattered and heartbroken at the thought that any of my actions left members of my team feeling hurt or degraded.” ABC declined comment on Iuzzini, who is set to be a judge when The Great American Baking Show returns on Dec. 7
Posted Tuesday 11/28/17 at 2:12PM EST
Alton Brown to stick with Food Network
Ahead of the Scripps-Discovery merger, Brown has signed a multi-year deal to continue hosting and creating shows for Food Network and Cooking Channel.
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 7:29PM EST
Food Network is bringing back Mario Batali for new episodes of Molto Mario
Batali's cooking show first aired in 1997 and hasn’t produced a new episode since 2005. Molto Mario will be back for six new episodes.
Posted Monday 11/06/17 at 10:48PM EST
Guy Fieri’s house is the setting for his new show Guy’s Ranch Kitchen
Food Network says of Fieri’s new show, debuting Sunday: “With ‘too many cooks in the kitchen,’ friendly competition sparks as they try to outdo each other with the most flavorful and delicious dishes.”
Posted Thursday 10/26/17 at 3:36AM EDT
Was Bobby Flay serious when he quit Iron Chef mid-show?
Vanity Fair’s Allen Salkin reports of an Iron Chef Showdown taping over the summer where a frustrated Flay tore off his apron mid-battle to reveal a T-shirt that read: “THIS IS MY LAST IRON CHEF BATTLE EVER.” When producers told him they wouldn’t be able to edit out the incident, Flay reportedly responded: “That’s the point.” Salkin explains that Flay’s move “reveals a larger set of tensions,” and that he has lacked interest in remaining on Iron Chef. In a statement to E!, however, Flay explained: “I wore a t-shirt to have a little fun during my last battle this season. In hindsight, it was probably not the best decision because it's just creating confusion. Food Network has been part of my family for over 20 years and will absolutely continue to be, and though there is a talented bench of Iron Chefs to tap, if I were asked, I'd be excited to return to Kitchen Stadium, whenever my schedule allows.”
Posted Tuesday 10/24/17 at 9:08PM EDT
At Home With Amy Sedaris perfectly sends up HGTV and Food Network shows
Amy Sedaris’ truTV satire, premiering tonight, reunites her with Strangers with Candy collaborator Paul Dinnello on a show that is “part comedy and part hospitality show, with a dollop of talk and a dash of variety,” says Danette Chavez. “…There’s even the odd useful tip, i.e., peanut shells make excellent fingertips in a pinch, because despite the more absurd elements, Sedaris has an earnest desire to share her unique brand of hospitality. What she mixes up here is cozy and kooky, with a side of depravity.”
Posted Tuesday 10/17/17 at 11:32PM EDT
Guy Fieri: We’re helping feed 5,000 California Wildfire evacuees a day
The Food Network star and his team of chef-volunteers have been cooking food for volunteers, firefighters and evacuees since last Thursday.