One of Mario Batali’s business partners is in hot water over statements he made on an escapade of “MasterChef Italia.”
Joe Bastianich, who has ever starred as a gues on “MasterChef, ” and who controls the Batali and Bastianich Hospitality Group together with Mario Batali, is now apologizing for remarks he made during an escapade of “MasterChef Italia” that aired on Italian television last week.
In the segment, Bastianich sees a nail shop in Milan’s Chinatown, where he advances to remedy the employees’ addres, and asked him if the status of women had already been dated an Italian male, because Chinese humanities are “inadequate in certain situations, ” according to a translation supplied to Grubstreet, who announced Bastianich’s observes both prejudiced and sexist. Bastianich also claimed to have never seen a dead Chinese person, after inviting what Chinese parties do with their deceased.
Bastianich has since issued a statement rationalizing for the comments, saying they were compiled “in poor taste.”
“This was a wrote segment kill in a Milan nail salon that I’ve gone to regularly. I know the women, and we were given the questions to discuss in advance, ” said Bastianich in a statement provided to Fox News. “That said, it’s clear that some of what I said was in poor taste and not reflective of my views. I’m sorry I said those things.”
Bastianich’s mentions come simply over a few months after Batali was firstly accused of sexual transgression by four women who spoke with Eater.com. In the following weeks, additional accusers came forward with allegations regarding sex misconduct, including one of his former employees and a onetime restaurant event director at his Osteria Mozza. A craftsman at NYC hot-spot The Spotted Pig too claimed to have seen Batali try to kiss and grope a woman who appeared to be unconscious.
Earlier this year, Frank Langello, the longtime exec chef of Batali’s restaurant Babbo, was replaced following reports that he made sexually suggestive comments and “lewdly” stroked meats in front of female staffers.
A representative for the Batali& Bastianich Hospitality Group was not immediately available for comment.