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Celebrity chef Mario Batali forced to
fork out over $5 MILLION to
employees for skimming tips

Daily Mail [UK], by Alexandra Klausner

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 1/31/2014 2:24:41 PM

Celebrity Chef Mario Batali and his partner Joseph Bastianich have agreed to hand over $5.25 million to employees at Batali´s several high-profile Italian restaurants. Man-in-charge Batali who was grilled last year for saying ´The way the bankers have toppled the way that money is distributed, and taken most of it into their own hands is as good as Stalin or Hitler, the evil guys´, was charged with skimming dough from his own hardworking staff. Two thirds of the settlement will be shared by 1,100 captains, servers, busboys and various staff at restaurants like Babbo, Bar Jamon, Casa Mono, Esca, Lupa, Otto, and

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/31/2014 2:31:02 PM     (No. 9713362)

Mario! Whussamatta you?!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: CEP, 1/31/2014 2:42:28 PM     (No. 9713378)

He is one chef I wouldn´t eat the food he fixes. He always looks like he needs to take a bath.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 1/31/2014 2:50:50 PM     (No. 9713389)

Read Heat in which the author´s stint in Batali´s kitcken is described in detail.

He is not a barrel of laughs to work for.

Interestingly enough he provided the "gourmet pizza" for Mooch´s fundraiser with Barbra Streisand in Los Angeles this week. Ironic?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/31/2014 2:52:49 PM     (No. 9713395)

I read it, #4, and enjoyed it so much I loaned it to my son-in-law, who is an amateur chef and has served as sous chef for many of the celebrity chefs who come to Austin. He hasn´t worked with Batali, but Paul Prudhomme is a big favorite.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: shamrock, 1/31/2014 2:56:19 PM     (No. 9713399)

Is this the guy who advertises his honest meatballs on the radio?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/31/2014 2:56:56 PM     (No. 9713403)

No.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: KarenJ1, 1/31/2014 2:57:48 PM     (No. 9713405)

Dittos #3. What else would you expect from a leftist who loves 0bama and said in an interview with Piers Morgan: "Obama came in with a really great idea, and I love him, and I love what he represents, but he came into the knife fight without the knife." Really?? Is he talking about the Chicago thug?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 1/31/2014 3:07:52 PM     (No. 9713418)

Just realized that his partner Bastianich is Lidia´s husband.

I used to enjoy her Trieste-style Italian cooking programs on PBS. She did not seem like the type to do something like this.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 1/31/2014 3:10:14 PM     (No. 9713421)

Batali´s partner Joe Bastianich is Lidia´s son.

Kids.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mossley, 1/31/2014 3:16:06 PM     (No. 9713429)

#10 beat me to it; it´s Lydia´s son.

Remember, Batali´s restaurants were also busted by the health department because he was having orgies on the food prep areas. And he´s the one who said no Republicans were welcomed in his restaurants during the GOP convention.

He´s your typical liberal hypocrite.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: lil dotty, 1/31/2014 4:31:36 PM     (No. 9713547)

Mario is more than likely a liberal. Most artists do tend to lean in that left direction. Take a tour of the food blogs on the net to verify that statement. Of course, there are exceptions ...but few and far between. libs=dishonesty


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Reply 12 - Posted by: Former lurker, 1/31/2014 5:47:02 PM     (No. 9713660)

Wonder if Foodnetwork will stop his appearances? Given what they did to Paula Deen, they seem to have zero tolerance for controversy.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: thewarden, 1/31/2014 9:15:20 PM     (No. 9713941)

I catch The Chew now and then and he is one of the hosts. He´s said many nasty things about republicans, Palin and etc. Turned me off to the show. He is an obnoxious, hateful, know-it-all leftist and I´m glad he got nailed! Leftists are always, always the biggest cheats. Fork it over, toots.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/31/2014 10:45:08 PM     (No. 9714013)

Good.
Anybody see the PBS series with Mario traveling, eating, and drinking with his pal Gwyneth?
Every time I see Lidia on TV, I think of the book her foul mouth son wrote.


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Reply 15 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 2/1/2014 11:21:03 PM     (No. 9715343)

Knowing about this, and Bastianich´s book, makes me look a little less kindly on Lidia.

As to Mario Batali, I must agree with #3. Those orange crocs he wears, too. Ewwww.

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