Mario Batali emailed his subscribers an apology — and a recipe for cinnamon rolls

Mario Batali attends an awards event in New York on April 19, 2017.

Less than a week after stepping down from his restaurant empire and getting kicked off an ABC cooking show amid allegations of sexual misconduct, Mario Batali emailed an apology to his newsletter subscribers.

It left some people scratching their heads.

Mario Batali cinnamon bun recipe

“As many of you know, this week there has been news coverage about some of my past behavior,” the email starts. “I have made many mistakes and I am so very sorry that I have disappointed my friends, family, and fans. My behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility.”

The email continues:

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 everyday to regain your respect and trust.

It then includes a postscript:

Ps. in case you’re searching for a holiday-inspired breakfast, these Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls are a fan favorite.


Batali received backlash after the apology and recipe went viral on Friday evening. People on Twitter were quick to question the decision to include a recipe for Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls:

Batali, the celebrity chef behind an international food and restaurant empire that includes the Back Bay’s Eataly Boston and the Seaport’s Babbo Pizzeria, apologized last week for his actions after Eater spoke with several women who alleged he touched them inappropriately.

His media team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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