Mother Jones is exploring how #MeToo is affecting the culinary world for an upcoming episode of Bite, our food politics podcast—and we want to hear from you.
In the past few months, accusations of sexual misconduct have emerged at major restaurants across the country, leaving customers to navigate the thorny ethical question of whether to continue as patrons. New York restaurant owner and cooking show host Mario Batali is the most famous chef embroiled in such a scandal; after facing accusations of misconduct from four women, he has stepped down from running the day-to-day operations of his 24 restaurants. Accusations of sexual impropriety have also been reported about the likes of New Orleans chef John Besh, co-owner of Besh Restaurant Group; restaurateur Ken Friedman; and Oakland’s Charlie Hallowell, chef-owner of Pizzaiolo and two other popular restaurants in the area.
Meanwhile, tipped workers across the country have spoken out more loudly in recent months about facing sexual harassment, spurring conversations about whether it’s fair for them to depend on pleasing customers to make a living wage.
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