Who else was left with a bad taste in their mouth this morning?
Celebrity chef and restaurateur Mario Batali is the latest powerful man to be "stepping away" from an empire he built in light of sexual misconduct allegations, the announcement coming Monday after Eater New York published the accounts of four women who claim they were harassed by the married father of two. The accusers chose to remain anonymous.
While the nation has become understandably focused on rooting out the degrading behavior that has casually been embedded in entertainment, media, government and almost all businesses since the inception of women and men sharing the same working space, the restaurant world hadn't yet been put under quite as harsh a microscope—though some of the oldest tropes of sexual harassment start with the expletive-spouting chefs, or the waitress-pinching restaurant manager who's always propositioning the underlings.
But the #MeToo movement, as evidenced by the women who spoke out in 2017 being named Time's Person of the Year, is leaving no old-way-of-doing-things unturned.