On Saturday, July 3, JuneBaby chef-owner Edouardo Jordan posted a prolonged assertion on Instagram, wherein he apologized “to all whom I’ve harm, mistreated, and positioned in positions of discomfort” and indicated that he had “proactively begun enterprise corrective actions.” The standing replace Jordan wrote to accompany the assertion says, “Apology. Accountability. Motion.”
The announcement comes virtually three full weeks after the Seattle Occasions revealed a June 13 investigative report wherein 15 ladies accused Jordan of sexual misconduct, together with undesirable touching and verbal harassment. In accordance with 4 ladies who labored with Jordan from 2012 to 2017, the chef groped them at work; one different lady accused Jordan of making an attempt to make undesirable advances on her whereas on a piece journey in 2014; and 10 extra ladies stated the chef made lewd feedback and touched them inappropriately through the years. The ladies’s accounts had been corroborated by 13 extra sources, together with former workers.
The chef initially denied the vast majority of the allegations; on the day the report was revealed, he launched a press release on Instagram that appeared extra defensive than apologetic — a submit that was later eliminated. (The textual content is revealed right here). In his new assertion, Jordan acknowledges, “My preliminary response was rushed and stuffed with the apparent emotion of defending myself, which was not my intention. It lacked the depth, empathy, compassion, and humility that I’ve endeavored to embody because the day I selected to share my voice via the meals I serve inside a neighborhood I like.”
After the Seattle Occasions piece got here out, the vast majority of Jordan’s 18-person workers at award-winning Ravenna eating places JuneBaby and Salare give up instantly. Former workers lately detailed a tense remaining weekend, and instructed Eater Seattle that they’re hoping to spur optimistic change as a casual union, probably pushing for state laws that will handle harassment in kitchens. (No Washington sexual harassment regulation is particularly tailor-made to the trade).
Whereas Jordan’s newest public assertion is heavy on fastidiously chosen phrases — “whereas I’m deeply ashamed of my habits, I’m immensely proud and grateful of what my staff and I’ve achieved through the years” — it’s mild on particulars on precisely how he plans to make amends. He says he’ll “spend money on platforms and companies that defend, empower, and help those that search help and academic assets” with the objective of making safer environments within the restaurant trade, however didn’t go into specifics about what these would possibly entail.
Jordan didn’t say what could be subsequent for his eating places. A message on the official web site notes that Salare has closed completely after six years. Earlier than the Seattle Occasions investigative article got here out, the chef was planning to reopen JuneBaby for indoor eating and merge the house with Lucinda Grain Bar, however these plans appear to be indefinitely on maintain. Each locations are nonetheless closed till additional discover days after Washington state formally lifted most COVID restrictions for eating places.
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