Bay Area Restaurants Grapple With Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Prep chefs work in the kitchen at a restaurant in San Francisco's Financial District. (Photo: Vinnee Tong/KQED)

Just after Christmas, the San Francisco Chronicle published a bombshell story about the Bay Area food scene. Local chef and restaurateur Charlie Hallowell, the man behind Oakland’s Penrose, Boot & Shoe Service and Pizzaiolo, was accused by 17 women of inappropriate touching and frequent sexual comments. Hallowell admitted to the Chronicle that his behavior at work was “unfiltered and often completely inappropriate,” and said he believed in this moment of reckoning for male bosses behaving badly. But Hallowell is only one of several prominent chefs accused of inappropriate behavior. Forum discusses sexual harassment in restaurants and kitchens, and the food world’s response.


Tara Duggan, staff writer, San Francisco Chronicle

Tanya Holland, owner; executive chef, Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ

Saru Jayaraman, director, Food Labor Research Center, UC Berkeley; co-founder and president, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United