Mario Batali has been married to his wife Susi Cahn since 1994 and the two have built a successful life together. Sexual misconduct allegations against Batali have now come to light, as reported by Eater NY, and Batali is taking leave from his restaurant empire in response to the claims. A decade ago, a woman, who was in her 20’s at the time, claims Batali rubbed her breasts after she had wine spilled on her chest. Three of Batali’s employees have also come out to say that they have been groped or grabbed inappropriately over the years as well. A spokesperson for Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group has revealed that a complaint against Batali was reported as recent as October 2017. Mario Batali and his wife Cahn recently celebrated their anniversary together last month.
In his own response to the allegations against him, Batali has released the following statement to Eater, “I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted. That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. 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. I have work to do to try to regain the trust of those I have hurt and disappointed. For this reason, I am going to step away from day-to-day operations of my businesses. We built these restaurants so that our guests could have fun and indulge, but I took that too far in my own behavior. I won’t make that mistake again. I want any place I am associated with to feel comfortable and safe for the people who work or dine there.”
Batali continued, saying that, “I know my actions have disappointed many people. The successes I have enjoyed are owned by everyone on my team. The failures are mine alone. To the people who have been at my side during this time — my family, my partners, my employees, my friends, my fans — I am grateful for your support and hopeful that I can regain your respect and trust. I will spend the next period of time trying to do that.” USA Today reports that Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, which services a couple dozen of Batali’s restaurants, has also released a statement, which reads, “We take these allegations very seriously. We pride ourselves on being a workplace for our employees where they can grow and deliver great service with equal opportunity and free from any discrimination. We have strong policies and practices in place that address sexual harassment. We train employees in these policies and we enforce them, up to and including termination.”
Viewers of the daytime show The Chew will also notice that Batali has now been removed as co-host. In making this decision, ABC has revealed that, “We have asked Mario Batali to step away from The Chew while we review the allegations that have just recently come to our attention. ABC takes matters like this very seriously as we are committed to a safe work environment. While we are unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him and anyone affiliated with the show, we will swiftly address any alleged violations of our standards of conduct.” According to People, one of the women who claim to be a victim of Batali’s said that Batali had clear intent on being threatening when he “is wronged” and that he had a vindictiveness to him. Surely these allegations and responses from Batali have rocked his personal life and connections with his family. Get to know more about his wife Susi Cahn and their kids together.
1. The Couple Has Two Children
Batali and his wife have two sons together – Leo and Benno. According to Michigan Live, eldest son Benno has been attending the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan. Both Benno and his younger brother Leo have taken interest in cooking, like their father. In fact, the two released a book of recipes together called “The Batali Brothers Cookbook” in May 2013.
2. Both of Cahn’s Parents Are Co-Founders of Coach, Inc.
Susi Cahn’s parents, Miles and Lillian Cahn, were the co-founders of Coach, Inc. In 1946, the Cahns joined in on the company and totally took over the business by 1950. Over three decades later, in 1985, the Cahns decided to sell the company to the Sara Lee Corporation for $30 million. Their reasoning was that they wanted “devote more time to their growing goat farm and cheese production business called Coach Farm in Gallatinville, New York, which they began in 1983”.
In March 2013, the NY Times reported that Lillian Cahn passed away at 89 years old. As for Mr. Cahn, he died this year in February 2017 at the age of 95 in his Manhattan apartment, according to Womens Wear Daily.
3. Over the Years, Batali Has Used His Wife’s Products In All of His Restaurants
In an article via Edible Manhattan, it was reported that Cahn’s parents opened up a second business making farmstead, artisanal goat cheese in the Hudson Valley in 1983. Susi Cahn became involved with Coach Dairy Goat Farm and Batali incorporated the farm’s products in all of his restaurants. Some of the menu items that use the Coach Dairy Goat Farm products include vanilla the yogurt sorbetto and goat cheese frittelle, which is garnished with honey at Babbo. There is also the goat cheese–topped pizzas at Otto.
In addition to having daughter Susan (Susi), the couple also had another daughter named Julie and a son named David.
4. Batali and His Family Have a Summer Home In Michigan
Mario Batali’s full-time residence with his family is in Greenwich Village in New York. As Batali has worked as a co-host on the food-driven talk show The Chew, this is a convenient location for him. He and his family also keep a summer home in Grand Traverse Bay, which is in the small area of Northport, Michigan.
5. The Couple Has a Reported Net Worth of $25 Million
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Batali has an estimated net worth of $25 million. With a huge empire under his belt, Batali has restaurants all over the world, numerous cookbooks, a line of food products, and he is a staple as a personality on national television. Using his good name over the years, he has also put efforts towards helping the less fortunate. In 2008, he created the Mario Batali Foundation, which helps to feed, protect, and educate impoverished children.