Mario Batali catches flak for including recipe in apology for 'past behavior'

Celebrity chef Mario Batali apologized Friday in his online newsletter for his "past behavior" after several women came forward with allegations that he sexually harassed them.

In the apology, his second since the allegations came to light, Batali acknowledges the "many mistakes" the chef says he's made and goes on say that he has "no excuses" for his conduct.

"My behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility," he wrote. "Sharing the joys of Italian food, tradition and hospitality with all of you, each week, is an honor and privilege. Without the support of all of you — my fans — I would never have a forum in which to expound on this."


But Batali faced sharp criticism on social media for how his apology concluded: With a recipe for pizza dough cinnamon rolls for holiday snacking.

"[P]s. in case you're searching for a holiday-inspired breakfast, these Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls are a fan favorite," it reads, followed by the recipe and a photo.

Twitters users responded to Batali's decision to promote a recipe alongside an apology for alleged sexual harassment with disgust.

"A 30 for 30 on how Mario Batali came to the decision that posting a cinnamon roll recipe with an apology responding to sexual harassment allegations was a good idea," tweeted New York Times writer Sopan Deb.

"So, Mario Batali just gave the worst apology ever for being a sexual predator—it also included a recipe for "pizza dough cinnamon rolls" wrote NYLON magazine.

Batali initially apologized on Monday after Eater published accounts from four women, some of whom formerly worked for Batali, who said the chef groped them.

"I know my actions have disappointed many people. The successes I have enjoyed are owned by everyone on my team," Batali said. "The failures are mine alone."

The celebrity chef stepped away from his restaurant empire this week following the allegations, and ABC announced Friday that Batali had been fired from "The Chew."