Mario Batali (Image: YouTube screen grab via Cutlery and More)

Timing, it is said, is everything. People who cook, and especially those who bake, know only too well the wisdom of those words.

But not, apparently, Chef Mario Batali. A week after the news broke that Batali had groped women in his employ and was taking a leave of absence from his restaurant empire, the portly cook finally got around to issuing a formal apology in print. Here it is via his newsletter:

As many of you know, this week there has been some news coverage about some of my past behavior.

I have made many mistakes and I am so very sorry that I have disappointed my friends, my family, my fans and my team. My behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility.

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.

I will work every day to regain your respect and trust.


It sounds fairly contrite, no? But then he went ahead and spoiled the mood by appending a P.S. to his post, reading:

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He even included a photo:

Image: Mario Batali

Huh? I’m sorry … now eat up?

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