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Dig In! Food Network Personalities Who Brought Controversy To The Network

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Since November 22,1993, The Food Network has been delivering some glorious shows about your favorite foods. Behind the scenes, several of their hosts have been in troubling situations. As expected, the network’s reputation has been on the line during these times. These five personalities managed to deliver some insane controversies over the years.

Discriminating Employees

Before landing it big on the channel, Anne Burrell was working as a chef at Centro Vinoteca. In 2009, several female employees filed a lawsuit for discrimination on the host. Burrell fired these women after they stood up to her about their treatment. The case was eventually settled outside of court.

Nick Tininenko

Zakarian’s Major Lawsuit

Just as Geoffrey Zakarian was thriving after winning Iron Chef: Super Chefs, reality struck hard. Months after winning the competition in 2011, he was sued by previous employees from his old restaurant, Country. They claimed he didn’t pay them for overtime and made up pay records. Zakarian was forced to file for bankruptcy due to the huge cost of fighting the case in court.

Michael Loccisano

A Shocking Departure

In a 2017 episode of Iron Chef Showdown, Bobby Flay shocked the network when he revealed a shirt reading, “This is my last Iron Chef battle ever!” While it was edited out for TV, news of this incident surfaced online. Flay admits that it wasn’t the best way to announce his departure. “[Food Network] said to me, ‘Why didn’t you tell us?,’ and I was like, ‘I didn’t tell anyone. That’s the whole point, that it’s a surprise!,’” he told People.

Grub Street

Seeing Through The Lies

Robert Irvine had the job of a lifetime as a host of Dinner Impossible. Unfortunately, some questionable things on his resume turned his world upside down. Irvine admitted to lying about being a chef for U.S. presidents and working on Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding cake. Fortunately, the network was forgiving and allowed him back on the show.

Neilson Barnard

No Wish Granted

Celebrities go out of their way to be a part of the Make A Wish foundation. Ina Garten, who hosts Barefoot Contessa, made the mistake of turning down a child. She didn’t do it once, though. She managed to turn down the same kid on two occasions. She invited the kid on her show as an apology, but he changed his mind.

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