Under the Toque: Batali Settles Suit, New Prune Cookbook in the Works
Stealing tips, eh?
Chef shuffles and kerfuffles this week:
Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich have agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of their restaurants' employees who claimed that the owners deducted the equivalent of 4 to 5 percent of the total wine sales from the tip pool and pocketed the money. [NYT]
Paula Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers are being sued by a former manager of one of their restaurants in Georgia for sexual and racial harassment.
Gabrielle Hamilton has announced that she is working on a Prune cookbook, which will be done in two years. [Eater]
Bobby Flay and the Food Network are looking for first-time restaurateurs for a new show. No culinary experience needed. [FN Dish]
Wolfgang Puck makes these odd personalized thank-you videos for his Twitter followers. Check them out. [BuzzFeed]
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