Celebrity chef Mario Batali has surrendered his stake in all of his restaurants, The New York Times reports. “(Batali) will no longer profit from the restaurants in any way, shape or form,” said Tanya Bastianich Manuali, who will head day-to-day operations at a new company. The move comes more than a year after several women accused the chef of sexual harassment and assault. One woman claimed Batali raped her in his restaurant in 2004, and another said he sexually assaulted her. Police could not find enough evidence to make an arrest. Batali is also selling his shares in Eataly, a popular chain of luxury Italian supermarkets. The 20-year partnership between the Batali and the Bastianich family of restaurateurs was formally dissolved on Wednesday. The new company will operate the group’s remaining 16 restaurants under a new management and financial structure. Bastianich Manuali and her brother, Joe Bastianich, have bought out Batali’s shares in all the restaurants.
TOP 10 RIGHT NOW