Paul Hollywood tried to run from the limelight, but it tracked him down. He made several awkward remarks during his time as a judge at “The Great British Bake Off.” Once, in season 10, he called a sweet dish, “Diabetes on a plate.” People with the affliction were not amused. More backlash attended Hollywood when he was unfaithful to his wife with his “GBBO” co-star, Marcela Valladolid.
After supposedly reconciling with his wife, he strayed again with Candice Brown. Finally, his wife divorced him, understandably. Next, a relationship with Summer Monteys-Fullam ended when she would not sign his hush-hush NDA.
Harassment Enters the Kitchen
Jeff Smith, known as the Frugal Gourmet in 1997, faced a lawsuit from seven men who claimed that the chef had abused them as teenagers. There was probably an eighth victim, but it's been said he was paid for his silence. The suit was settled out of court, but the chef never recovered from the scandal.
Smith's show was promptly canceled. His recipes even lost their luster, being called, "unreliable." The ruined cook passed away in his sleep in 2004.
High on Life? High on Her Show?
A culinary character transported from Britain, Nigella Lawson was re-branded for American audiences as Nigella Feasts, for her premiere on The Food Network. Once married to Charles Saatchi, an art dealer, Lawson, and Saatchi were accused of fraud, in 2013, by two of their former assistants.
The assistants also described how the couple used to take illegal substances and prescription medication. The fraud actually took place as part of Lawson's deal to buy the assistants' silence. Lawson eventually admitted to the substance use but was never actually put on trial.
Cooking Up Some Mafia Ties
David Ruggerio formerly of NYC’s haute cuisine came clean about his mafia ties. He admitted to “living two lives,” and one of them was not a top-chef business. Associated with the Gambino family, Ruggerio’s restaurant received mob perks while he, himself, enlisted in illegal activities.
This happened in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and the former “Food Network” star spilled the beans to “Vanity Fair” in 2022. In 1999, he was charged with more offenses which led to a repayment fee of $140K.
A Chef Who Got in Hot Water
Celebrity chef Action Bronson became a rapper while he was out with a broken leg. He was also a graffiti artist for a bit. The man got himself in trouble as a rapper to a point that the NXNE music festival in Toronto banned him from performing. A petition to remove Bronson from the artist lineup stated that he glorifies crime in his lyrics.
Later, he was kicked off the event list at a George Washington University concert for being transphobic. The first time he tactlessly put his foot into his mouth he shocked the Instagram world by calling a transgender woman an “it.” The scandal forced him to take down his Instagram account.