The first extern didn’t want to touch Iuzzini, but felt like she couldn’t say no. Everybody experienced what I experienced.” He also made crude jokes, the first extern said.“I thought, ‘I’m an extern,’ and it’s just a hard place to bring up anything,” she said. Iuzzini once walked by while she was whisking and commented on her “nice technique.” “I said, ‘Thanks, chef,’ and he goes, ‘No, no, nice technique,’ and then he makes a jerking-off motion and walks away.” At another time, he showed her a photo of a woman’s genitals.“I began working in kitchens when I was 15 years old, back in a time when it was rare to see women in the kitchen, and behavior was more bawdy than professional,” Iuzzini said in a statement to .The staff was mostly women, according to three sources cited in this story.
“I think he did things to make people uncomfortable, and to see what he could get away with.” She witnessed the same behavior directed at other female employees in the pastry kitchen.And when you’re surrounded by that, you don’t [report it], you bitch to other people.” She confided in a friend, who confirmed to that the chef told her about the inappropriate touching and the simulated sex at the time that they happened.Three of the women say that Iuzzini assigned nicknames to his female employees, some of them offensive, including “Kimchi” for an Asian woman.One night in 2011, on the gilded first floor of New York’s Trump International Hotel and Tower, a pastry chef labored at her station in the Jean-Georges restaurant.
Her boss, pastry chef and emerging TV star Johnny Iuzzini, hovered nearby.
The four women who spoke to alleged that Iuzzini was often verbally abusive and prone to screaming, and that his mood could turn dark very quickly.