Serious Eats: Talk
Celebrity Chefs and Lawsuits: What's going on here?
You may be keeping track. A major lawsuit has been settled, apparently, by Mario Batali, his partner Joe Bastianich and employees of their establishments. The settlement reaches into the millions of dollars over shortchanging hard earned tips.
And now, Paula Deen is implicated in a lawsuit alleging some ugly discourse. And let's not forget Geoffrey Zakarian, chef and judge on Chopped, after a lawsuit over bad business practices forced him to declare bankrupcy back in 2011. And then there was Bobby Flay's time in the courtroom back in 2009...What is this about?
It is not tasteful, to say the least. Is it the price you pay for celebrity?