2015 has been a banner year for scandals in the food world. From a salacious affair outed in a humiliating public spectacle, to celebrity chefs waging out-and-out war, these are the events that made our jaws drop.
1. Bobby Flay's Hollywood Walk of Fame Upstaged by Cheater Banner
In June, when Bobby Flay became the first celebrity chef to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it was supposed to be a proud day for him and the food world. Instead, as TMZ reported, someone hired a plane to fly over the ceremony flaunting a banner with the word “cheater” emblazoned across it—a reference to Flay’s public divorce drama with actress Stephanie March.
2. That Meat is How Old?
3. Napa Valley Wine Train Derailed by Discrimination
4. Guy Fieri vs. Anthony Bourdain
Nobody likes to be teased, and Guy Fieri admitted as much in a November interview with GQ magazine, where he called out fellow television food personality Anthony Bourdain for making fun of his bleached hair, attire and other traits on multiple occasions. “I don’t like him making fun of people and I don’t like him talking s---,” he said. “. . . I know he’s definitely gotta have issues, ‘cos the average person doesn’t behave that way.” Bourdain hasn’t commented on the story.
5. UK Horsemeat Scandal Rears Its Head Again
6. Jose Andres vs. Donald Trump
Among his epic attention-getting activities of the past year, Trump found time to sue star chef Andrés for $10 million in August. The lawsuit was for breach of contract, after Andrés backed out of a planned project at the Trump International in Washington D.C. following Trump’s controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants. According to the Washington Post, Andrés filed his own countersuit against Trump for $8 million in October.
7. Bad News for Chef Du Jour
In the super-bummer department, chef Matthew Tivy, who runs Cafe du Sole in New York and appeared on Food Network’s Chef Du Jour, was arrested on charges of child pornography and having sex with a minor. He's awaiting his time in federal court, reported AM New York in October.
8. San Francisco = Not Lovin' McDonald's
9. Whole Foods Removes Controversial Items
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