John Besh, who recently stepped down from his leadership role at Besh Restaurant Group amid allegations that sexual harassment was part of the company’s culture, may not appear on a Top Chef episode he filmed, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Bravo, the network that airs Top Chef, is “evaluating” the episode, but has not made a final decision yet. Besh, who has appeared on the competition show in the past, filmed one cooking challenge for this season, which starts on December 7. According to the report, the episode is in post-production now.
In a report published in the Times-Picayune over the weekend, 25 women alleged sexual harassment in the Besh Restaurant Group. Some allegations were made against Besh himself. Since then, Besh’s name has been stripped from Harrah’s New Orleans casino’s Besh Steak restaurant. His two television shows, which appear nationally on public television, have also been dropped.
Besh created Besh Restaurant Group with business partner Octavio Mantilla 12 years ago. The Besh Restaurant Group currently houses 13 dining establishments.
'Top Chef' "Evaluating" John Besh Appearance After Sexual Harassment Allegations [HOLLYWOOD REPORTER]