On Saturday, July 3, JuneBaby chef-owner Edouardo Jordan posted a prolonged assertion on Instagram, by which he apologized “to all whom I’ve harm, mistreated, and positioned in positions of discomfort” and indicated that he had “proactively begun endeavor corrective actions.” The standing replace Jordan wrote to accompany the assertion says, “Apology. Accountability. Motion.”
The announcement comes nearly three full weeks after the Seattle Occasions printed a June 13 investigative report by which 15 girls accused Jordan of sexual misconduct, together with undesirable touching and verbal harassment. In keeping with 4 girls who labored with Jordan from 2012 to 2017, the chef groped them at work; one different girl accused Jordan of making an attempt to make undesirable advances on her whereas on a piece journey in 2014; and 10 further girls stated the chef made lewd feedback and touched them inappropriately over time. The ladies’s accounts had been corroborated by 13 further sources, together with former staff.
The chef initially denied the vast majority of the allegations; on the day the report was printed, he launched a press release on Instagram that appeared extra defensive than apologetic — a submit that was later eliminated. (The textual content is printed right here). In his new assertion, Jordan acknowledges, “My preliminary response was rushed and crammed 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 for the reason that day I selected to share my voice by means of the meals I serve inside a group 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 stop instantly. Former staff lately detailed a tense last weekend, and advised Eater Seattle that they’re hoping to spur optimistic change as a casual union, probably pushing for state laws that might tackle harassment in kitchens. (No Washington sexual harassment legislation is particularly tailor-made to the business).
Whereas Jordan’s newest public assertion is heavy on fastidiously chosen phrases — “whereas I’m deeply ashamed of my conduct, I’m immensely proud and grateful of what my staff and I’ve completed over time” — it’s gentle on particulars on precisely how he plans to make amends. He says he’ll “spend money on platforms and providers that defend, empower, and help those that search assist and academic sources” with the objective of making safer environments within the restaurant business, however didn’t go into specifics about what these may 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.