Chef Dumped by NYT Lands at CNN+

Foodie Alison Roman will host 'highly opinionated' cooking program
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2020 12:19 PM CDT
Updated Jan 7, 2022 8:20 AM CST
NYT Writer Called Out 2 Big Names, Then Herself
Cookbook author Alison Roman is pictured at Bear Naked Palentine's Day Bash.   (Bear Naked via AP Images)

(Newser) Update: Alison Roman is out of the "Twitter doghouse." That's how Jezebel paints the "nearly canceled" chef and cookbook author, who in 2020 slammed Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo, spurring calls of racism. She eventually parted ways with her employer, the New York Times. Now the 36-year-old is resurfacing via a new cooking show on the CNN+ streaming platform. Per a release, the "highly opinionated and never finicky" program, whose name hasn't yet been revealed, will debut in the spring and show Roman "both in and out of the kitchen," where she'll "teach recipes at the stove and venture out into the world to learn about the ingredients, the people, and the story behind the dish." She'll be working with the Zero Point Zero Production company, which was also behind Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown, per People. Our original story from May 2020 follows:

New York Times food columnist Alison Roman has apologized to Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo after she said she was horrified by their successes in the food industry. The cookbook author sat down with New Consumer to talk about new projects, including a cooking show she sold. But she said she wasn't interested in slapping her name on kitchen products like Kondo, who's launched KonMari.com, and Teigen, whose line of cooking utensils is sold by Target. Roman said Kondo had "sold out" with a venture "completely antithetical to everything she's ever taught you" about getting rid of clutter, per CNN. She said Teigen had "people running a content farm for her" on Instagram following her 2016 cookbook Cravings. "That horrifies me and it's not something that I ever want to do," Roman said.

In a Friday tweet, Teigen wrote that the comment "hit me hard" because she's a fan of Roman. "I even signed on to executive produce the very show she talks about doing in this article," she wrote. Roman's apology came Monday. She said the "inexcusable and hurtful" comments stemmed from an "inability to appreciate my own success without comparing myself and knocking others down," per People. She added that as a "white woman who has and will continue to benefit from white privilege," she'd been blinded to the fact "that I had singled out two Asian women." "I know that our culture frequently goes after women, especially women of color, and I'm ashamed to have contributed to that," she continued. She also posted a shorter apology directly to Teigen, who responded with a thank-you message. (Read more apology stories.)

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