Celebrity chef Mario Batali used his weekly e-newsletter to issue a blanket apology for at least eight incidents of sexual harassment and misconduct Saturday, but included — bizarrely — a sweet treat for fans at the bottom of his mea culpa: a recipe for "pizza dough cinnamon rolls" perfect for holiday family breakfasts.
Batali stands accused of everything from lewd comments to groping to kissing an unconscious staffer in a restaurant's back room. He's been fired from his gig hosting ABC's food-centric chat show, "The Chew," pushed out of day-to-day operations at his restaurant group, and this weekend the "Batali" name came down off the chef's several restaurants in Las Vegas.
“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,” Batali wrote in his newsletter.
“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,” he continued. “I will work every day to regain your respect and trust.”
And, expand your waistline. "ps. in case you’re searching for a holiday-inspired breakfast," the letter says near the end, "these Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls are a fan favorite.”
Well, sorry about the harassment, try this recipe for pizza dough cinnamon rolls! Is an interesting message. pic.twitter.com/x46ZdnUEUX— Lisa Tozzi (@lisatozzi) December 15, 2017
No doubt those easy, flaky, crusty rolls are delicious, but it's not super clear that a breakfast recipe was precisely the right approach to handling claims of drunkenly fondling your female associates' breasts.
Fortunately, previous apologies were breakfast-food free.