News that celebrity Mario Batali has surrendered his portfolio of United States restaurants to business partner Joe Bastianich closes a dark chapter for the disgraced chef.
Batali’s ascent to TV stardom and culinary glory began with the opening of his first restaurant Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca in New York in 1998 and grew with appearances on the Food Network, more restaurant openings in the U.S. and internationally, and about a dozen cookbooks.
But last year, the chef had a precipitous fall from grace following accusations of sexual assault.
New York police closed an investigation into 58-year-old Batali in January without filing charges. Batali denies the accusations.
Here’s a complete list of restaurants that will no longer bear his name or affiliation: