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Batali Slapped With Another Worker Lawsuit

Batali Slapped With Another Worker Lawsuit


The chef has been pulled into a sexual harrassment case

Mario Batali of Eataly and Del Posto fame is now being pulled into a lawsuit against Babbo workers and the restaurant for unspecified damages.

Reportedly, former waiter Eugene Gibbons filed a lawsuit alleging that coworkers at Babbo, "smacked his buttocks on a weekly basis, repeatedly grabbed his genitals, and made crude sexual comments."

Gibbons claims that both Batali and business partner Joe Bastianich knew of the harassment and did nothing; "by their inaction the two chefs condoned the campaign of humiliation," the lawsuit claims. Batali and Bastianich are not named as co-defendants.

This legal issue follows three other lawsuits from Batali employees alleging that Batali restaurant management was skimming tips, among other wage violations.

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WATCH: Mario Batali Makes Pasta in a Paper Shredder

If there's one thing you should know about chefs is that they are not like regular people. They don't hold a 9-to-5 and don't really mesh with the whole cubicle thing. So what would happen if you stick a few chefs in an office? This fun video from Food & Wine gives the world a glimpse of the disaster that would ensue.

Here's the premise of the video:

"For 2014, Food & Wine revealed a redesigned magazine and introduced Chefs-in-Residence: six celebrity chefs who will consult on monthly features, recipes and travel tips. They have brilliant ideas, but don't always gel with office life."

Who made the cut? Food & Wine's new chefs-in-residence are Grant Achatz, Mario Batali, Hugh Acherson, Eric Ripert, David Chang and Andrew Zimmern (who appears in the second video below). Together, they wreak havoc in the magazine's office space.

Their wild antics include scaling a fish at a cubicle (Ripert), stepping onto an elevator with a pig's head in hand (Chang) and making fresh pasta in a paper shredder (Batali). Another gem is watching Acherson slap a vending machine snack out of the hands of an office worker because it's "not local."

Give the video a watch and keep an eye out for a cameo by the Mast Brothers:

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WATCH: Mario Batali Makes Pasta in a Paper Shredder

If there's one thing you should know about chefs is that they are not like regular people. They don't hold a 9-to-5 and don't really mesh with the whole cubicle thing. So what would happen if you stick a few chefs in an office? This fun video from Food & Wine gives the world a glimpse of the disaster that would ensue.

Here's the premise of the video:

"For 2014, Food & Wine revealed a redesigned magazine and introduced Chefs-in-Residence: six celebrity chefs who will consult on monthly features, recipes and travel tips. They have brilliant ideas, but don't always gel with office life."

Who made the cut? Food & Wine's new chefs-in-residence are Grant Achatz, Mario Batali, Hugh Acherson, Eric Ripert, David Chang and Andrew Zimmern (who appears in the second video below). Together, they wreak havoc in the magazine's office space.

Their wild antics include scaling a fish at a cubicle (Ripert), stepping onto an elevator with a pig's head in hand (Chang) and making fresh pasta in a paper shredder (Batali). Another gem is watching Acherson slap a vending machine snack out of the hands of an office worker because it's "not local."

Give the video a watch and keep an eye out for a cameo by the Mast Brothers:

MORE: Andrew Zimmern Phones Food & Wine From Nashville


WATCH: Mario Batali Makes Pasta in a Paper Shredder

If there's one thing you should know about chefs is that they are not like regular people. They don't hold a 9-to-5 and don't really mesh with the whole cubicle thing. So what would happen if you stick a few chefs in an office? This fun video from Food & Wine gives the world a glimpse of the disaster that would ensue.

Here's the premise of the video:

"For 2014, Food & Wine revealed a redesigned magazine and introduced Chefs-in-Residence: six celebrity chefs who will consult on monthly features, recipes and travel tips. They have brilliant ideas, but don't always gel with office life."

Who made the cut? Food & Wine's new chefs-in-residence are Grant Achatz, Mario Batali, Hugh Acherson, Eric Ripert, David Chang and Andrew Zimmern (who appears in the second video below). Together, they wreak havoc in the magazine's office space.

Their wild antics include scaling a fish at a cubicle (Ripert), stepping onto an elevator with a pig's head in hand (Chang) and making fresh pasta in a paper shredder (Batali). Another gem is watching Acherson slap a vending machine snack out of the hands of an office worker because it's "not local."

Give the video a watch and keep an eye out for a cameo by the Mast Brothers:

MORE: Andrew Zimmern Phones Food & Wine From Nashville


WATCH: Mario Batali Makes Pasta in a Paper Shredder

If there's one thing you should know about chefs is that they are not like regular people. They don't hold a 9-to-5 and don't really mesh with the whole cubicle thing. So what would happen if you stick a few chefs in an office? This fun video from Food & Wine gives the world a glimpse of the disaster that would ensue.

Here's the premise of the video:

"For 2014, Food & Wine revealed a redesigned magazine and introduced Chefs-in-Residence: six celebrity chefs who will consult on monthly features, recipes and travel tips. They have brilliant ideas, but don't always gel with office life."

Who made the cut? Food & Wine's new chefs-in-residence are Grant Achatz, Mario Batali, Hugh Acherson, Eric Ripert, David Chang and Andrew Zimmern (who appears in the second video below). Together, they wreak havoc in the magazine's office space.

Their wild antics include scaling a fish at a cubicle (Ripert), stepping onto an elevator with a pig's head in hand (Chang) and making fresh pasta in a paper shredder (Batali). Another gem is watching Acherson slap a vending machine snack out of the hands of an office worker because it's "not local."

Give the video a watch and keep an eye out for a cameo by the Mast Brothers:

MORE: Andrew Zimmern Phones Food & Wine From Nashville


WATCH: Mario Batali Makes Pasta in a Paper Shredder

If there's one thing you should know about chefs is that they are not like regular people. They don't hold a 9-to-5 and don't really mesh with the whole cubicle thing. So what would happen if you stick a few chefs in an office? This fun video from Food & Wine gives the world a glimpse of the disaster that would ensue.

Here's the premise of the video:

"For 2014, Food & Wine revealed a redesigned magazine and introduced Chefs-in-Residence: six celebrity chefs who will consult on monthly features, recipes and travel tips. They have brilliant ideas, but don't always gel with office life."

Who made the cut? Food & Wine's new chefs-in-residence are Grant Achatz, Mario Batali, Hugh Acherson, Eric Ripert, David Chang and Andrew Zimmern (who appears in the second video below). Together, they wreak havoc in the magazine's office space.

Their wild antics include scaling a fish at a cubicle (Ripert), stepping onto an elevator with a pig's head in hand (Chang) and making fresh pasta in a paper shredder (Batali). Another gem is watching Acherson slap a vending machine snack out of the hands of an office worker because it's "not local."

Give the video a watch and keep an eye out for a cameo by the Mast Brothers:

MORE: Andrew Zimmern Phones Food & Wine From Nashville


WATCH: Mario Batali Makes Pasta in a Paper Shredder

If there's one thing you should know about chefs is that they are not like regular people. They don't hold a 9-to-5 and don't really mesh with the whole cubicle thing. So what would happen if you stick a few chefs in an office? This fun video from Food & Wine gives the world a glimpse of the disaster that would ensue.

Here's the premise of the video:

"For 2014, Food & Wine revealed a redesigned magazine and introduced Chefs-in-Residence: six celebrity chefs who will consult on monthly features, recipes and travel tips. They have brilliant ideas, but don't always gel with office life."

Who made the cut? Food & Wine's new chefs-in-residence are Grant Achatz, Mario Batali, Hugh Acherson, Eric Ripert, David Chang and Andrew Zimmern (who appears in the second video below). Together, they wreak havoc in the magazine's office space.

Their wild antics include scaling a fish at a cubicle (Ripert), stepping onto an elevator with a pig's head in hand (Chang) and making fresh pasta in a paper shredder (Batali). Another gem is watching Acherson slap a vending machine snack out of the hands of an office worker because it's "not local."

Give the video a watch and keep an eye out for a cameo by the Mast Brothers:

MORE: Andrew Zimmern Phones Food & Wine From Nashville


WATCH: Mario Batali Makes Pasta in a Paper Shredder

If there's one thing you should know about chefs is that they are not like regular people. They don't hold a 9-to-5 and don't really mesh with the whole cubicle thing. So what would happen if you stick a few chefs in an office? This fun video from Food & Wine gives the world a glimpse of the disaster that would ensue.

Here's the premise of the video:

"For 2014, Food & Wine revealed a redesigned magazine and introduced Chefs-in-Residence: six celebrity chefs who will consult on monthly features, recipes and travel tips. They have brilliant ideas, but don't always gel with office life."

Who made the cut? Food & Wine's new chefs-in-residence are Grant Achatz, Mario Batali, Hugh Acherson, Eric Ripert, David Chang and Andrew Zimmern (who appears in the second video below). Together, they wreak havoc in the magazine's office space.

Their wild antics include scaling a fish at a cubicle (Ripert), stepping onto an elevator with a pig's head in hand (Chang) and making fresh pasta in a paper shredder (Batali). Another gem is watching Acherson slap a vending machine snack out of the hands of an office worker because it's "not local."

Give the video a watch and keep an eye out for a cameo by the Mast Brothers:

MORE: Andrew Zimmern Phones Food & Wine From Nashville


WATCH: Mario Batali Makes Pasta in a Paper Shredder

If there's one thing you should know about chefs is that they are not like regular people. They don't hold a 9-to-5 and don't really mesh with the whole cubicle thing. So what would happen if you stick a few chefs in an office? This fun video from Food & Wine gives the world a glimpse of the disaster that would ensue.

Here's the premise of the video:

"For 2014, Food & Wine revealed a redesigned magazine and introduced Chefs-in-Residence: six celebrity chefs who will consult on monthly features, recipes and travel tips. They have brilliant ideas, but don't always gel with office life."

Who made the cut? Food & Wine's new chefs-in-residence are Grant Achatz, Mario Batali, Hugh Acherson, Eric Ripert, David Chang and Andrew Zimmern (who appears in the second video below). Together, they wreak havoc in the magazine's office space.

Their wild antics include scaling a fish at a cubicle (Ripert), stepping onto an elevator with a pig's head in hand (Chang) and making fresh pasta in a paper shredder (Batali). Another gem is watching Acherson slap a vending machine snack out of the hands of an office worker because it's "not local."

Give the video a watch and keep an eye out for a cameo by the Mast Brothers:

MORE: Andrew Zimmern Phones Food & Wine From Nashville


WATCH: Mario Batali Makes Pasta in a Paper Shredder

If there's one thing you should know about chefs is that they are not like regular people. They don't hold a 9-to-5 and don't really mesh with the whole cubicle thing. So what would happen if you stick a few chefs in an office? This fun video from Food & Wine gives the world a glimpse of the disaster that would ensue.

Here's the premise of the video:

"For 2014, Food & Wine revealed a redesigned magazine and introduced Chefs-in-Residence: six celebrity chefs who will consult on monthly features, recipes and travel tips. They have brilliant ideas, but don't always gel with office life."

Who made the cut? Food & Wine's new chefs-in-residence are Grant Achatz, Mario Batali, Hugh Acherson, Eric Ripert, David Chang and Andrew Zimmern (who appears in the second video below). Together, they wreak havoc in the magazine's office space.

Their wild antics include scaling a fish at a cubicle (Ripert), stepping onto an elevator with a pig's head in hand (Chang) and making fresh pasta in a paper shredder (Batali). Another gem is watching Acherson slap a vending machine snack out of the hands of an office worker because it's "not local."

Give the video a watch and keep an eye out for a cameo by the Mast Brothers:

MORE: Andrew Zimmern Phones Food & Wine From Nashville


WATCH: Mario Batali Makes Pasta in a Paper Shredder

If there's one thing you should know about chefs is that they are not like regular people. They don't hold a 9-to-5 and don't really mesh with the whole cubicle thing. So what would happen if you stick a few chefs in an office? This fun video from Food & Wine gives the world a glimpse of the disaster that would ensue.

Here's the premise of the video:

"For 2014, Food & Wine revealed a redesigned magazine and introduced Chefs-in-Residence: six celebrity chefs who will consult on monthly features, recipes and travel tips. They have brilliant ideas, but don't always gel with office life."

Who made the cut? Food & Wine's new chefs-in-residence are Grant Achatz, Mario Batali, Hugh Acherson, Eric Ripert, David Chang and Andrew Zimmern (who appears in the second video below). Together, they wreak havoc in the magazine's office space.

Their wild antics include scaling a fish at a cubicle (Ripert), stepping onto an elevator with a pig's head in hand (Chang) and making fresh pasta in a paper shredder (Batali). Another gem is watching Acherson slap a vending machine snack out of the hands of an office worker because it's "not local."

Give the video a watch and keep an eye out for a cameo by the Mast Brothers:

MORE: Andrew Zimmern Phones Food & Wine From Nashville