The Biggest Scandals Of The Food Network

Most people turn on the Food Network to educate themselves about the culinary arts, watch their favorite competitive cooking shows, or simply to torture themselves watching people eat food they can’t have. The network makes itself out to be one of the most innocent channels on television, suitable viewing for all ages. While there’s no shortage of the expected scandals and drama on other channels, few would guess that the Food Network harbors some serious scandals of its own. Read on to learn some of the dirty secrets behind the scenes of the Food Network — they’re far darker than any apple pie recipe.

Mario Batali Was Accused Of Misconduct

Chef Mario Batali made a name for himself on the Food network show Molto Mario between 1996 and 2004. But in 2017, things went south for Batali when he was accused of assault and harassment by four different women.

Mario Batali
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Chris Polk/FilmMagic

He didn’t deny the allegations and instead apologized, saying, “I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends, and family.” Batali was fired from his hosting gig on The Chew, plans to reboot Molto Mario were canceled, and Target stopped selling all of his products.