Leaders Establish Foodservice Consulting Firm


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Crystal Duncan, formerly Director of National Distribution Sales at Georgia Pacific and Sharon Cox formerly AVP of Carolina Health System have established Cox Duncan Network LLC (CDN), a consulting-execution firm based in Charlotte which provides for foodservice leaders and their distributors, a 360-degree perspective by leveraging our unique expertise in Food safety, Food management and Health & nutrition. We provide one-source for digital technology to train and retain staff, the Transition learning model to drive change and improve departmental outcomes, and food safety protocol to mitigate risks and meet HACCP and FSMA regulatory requirements.

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Mario Batali Steps Away From Restaurant Empire Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations


About 10 years ago, at the after-party for a wine auction in New Orleans, a woman in her 20s walked up to Mario Batali to introduce herself. As a chef, she was excited to meet one of the most revered figures in the restaurant industry. When they started talking, she recalls, she realized that he’d been drinking and he became what she characterized as “creepy” — “just giving me this provocative, icky feeling.”

Minutes into their conversation, she recalls, he told her, “Come work for me, I’ll pay you double what you’re making.” Moments later, someone bumped her glass, spilling wine all over her chest and down her scooped-neck shirt. She alleges that Batali began rubbing her breasts with his bare hands while saying something like, “Let me help you with that,” as he groped her chest. “He just went to town, and I was so shocked,” the chef says. “Jaw on the ground, I just stepped back from him in utter disgust and walked away.”

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