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The restaurant, chef, and food news you might have missed over the weekend. 

Elisabeth Sherman
May 21, 2018

José Andrés is feeding victims of another natural disaster in Hawaii, Kensington Palace gives us a sneak peek inside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding reception, and more food news you need to know this morning.

The NYPD is investigating Mario Batali for sexual assault

A woman who worked for the chef at Babbo has accused the chef of drugging and sexually assaulting her after a party at The Spotted Pig (the restaurant belonging to April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman, who was also recently accused of inappropriate conduct). She told her story during an interview on 60 Minutes. The NYPD is currently investigating her claims. 

April Bloomfield will end her business relationship with Ken Friedman

After 15 years of working together at restaurants such as The Breslin, The Spotted Pig, and John Dory Oyster Bar, Bloomfield is "in the final stages of severing [their] partnership," according to a statement she gave to 60 Minutes. 

José Andrés receives his honorary degree from Tufts

On Sunday, the chef gave an impassioned speech at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy commencement. "Let's stop worrying about changing the world, and let's start trying to improve it," he advises. 

World Central Kitchen heads to Hawaii

José Andrés' charitable organization World Central Kitchen, which was integral to feeding Puerto Ricans in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, has arrived in Hawaii, where volunteer chefs are preparing sandwiches, Vietnamese beef stew & coconut curry lentils for those affected by the volcanic eruptions happening in the state.

Kensington Palace revealed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding cake

Didn't get an invite to the royal wedding reception? Kensington Palace was kind enough to give the public a glimpse at the three-tier flower-adorned cake served at the newly minted Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding reception.