Working for this infamous restaurateur was the worst time of her life.
Hannah Howard was a college student, eager to learn the ins and outs of the restaurant industry in New York City. Being a huge fan of Ken Friedman and a lover of both food and writing, she was thrilled to bits when she got a job working for Mr. Friedman in 2012. But it was nothing like the dream job she thought it would be. Instead it turned out to be the worst time of her life, until she was fired abruptly with no explanation.
Many male chefs have an ego and an attitude of ‘I’m in charge and I can take what I want.’
In this podcast, we’ll discuss the restaurant culture and what it was like working in what she calls a “toxic environment.” Here’s some of what we talked about in the podcast:
- Why didn’t women come forward about sexual harassment sooner?
- We briefly talked about the “rape room.”
- What makes the restaurant industry so ripe for sexual abuse as opposed to other industries?
- Revelations about Mario Batali
Hannah also shares details on her upcoming book that weaves her complicated relationship with the food world both as a writer in the food community and someone who struggles with an eating disorder.
I think that those of us who struggle with eating disorders are drawn into the food world.
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About Hannah Howard:
She is a writer and food expert who spent her formative years in New York eating, drinking, serving, bartending, cooking on a hot line, flipping giant wheels of cheese. Her memoir, Feast: True Love in and Out of the Kitchen, will be released in April 2018. You can pre-order it here.