Chef Jose Andres Vs. Ivanka Trump, Was There Really Beef After a Selfie?

Chef Jose Andres Vs. Ivanka Trump, Was There Really Beef After a Selfie?

Over the weekend, Celebrity Chef turned Activist Jose Andres posted a selfie expressing disappointment after allegedly not being permitted entry to an event at a restaurant at the restaurant owner and Ivanka Trump’s request.  

Franco Nuschese, who owns Café Milano in Washington, D.C. and the first daughter have denied that there was any unfair treatment to Andres.

"I was a guest of the #alfalfaclubdinner2018 'everyone' welcome to the after party, but I'm the only individual not allow in? Is because @IvankaTrump told you so? You should be ashamed of yourself Franco," tweeted Andres on Saturday. 

"I am thankful for Jose's clarification," said Ivanka Trump in a statement to “CNN.” "I had nothing to do with anything that transpired relating to him last night at the restaurant."

Ivanka Trump apparently also responded directly to his complaint and Andres took it as an opportunity to address a political issue near and dear to his heart.

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The Supreme Court To Decide If Food Is Art in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado

The Supreme Court To Decide If Food Is Art in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado
  • The Issue: Does applying Colorado's public accommodations law the compel Masterpiece Cakeshop owner to create a product that violates his religious beliefs about marriage violate his freedom of speech protected under the first amendment?  

  • The Supreme Court's decision could have massive implications... 

 

Can the government force them to use their artistic ability to support something they do not? Does food as an artistic expression fall under your right to freedom of speech? Should businesses be held to a different standard as a service to their community?

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission. In 2012, a same-sex couple walked into Masterpiece Cakeshop with the intention of ordering a wedding cake. But the owner would not create the wedding cake, stating that it would be against his religious beliefs. He did state that he offered any other cake or product in the store, but he would not use his artistic ability to create a wedding cake for an inherently religious ceremony he did not believe in.

Aside from the freedom of religion argument, this case is asking another question: If a baker, a chef, or even a tailor, as Justice Gorsuch questioned, creates a product deemed a work of art, is it protected under free speech? If so, can they decide who they will serve and where do you draw the line?  

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Restaurateur Brings Power Dining to D.C.

Photo Credit: The New York Times

Photo Credit: The New York Times

What does it take to be a top restaurateur? Just look to Ashok Bajaj, owner of DC-based restaurants Bombay Club, Nopa Kitchen and Bar, and many more. The New Delhi native moved to the States with a dream: to open an Indian-inspired restaurant, but was turned down left and right from landlords and lenders until finally he was able to open his very first concept. And DC is certainly glad he did. Now, Bajaj is arguably the most successful restaurateur in the nation's capital. For more on Ahok's rise to success, and a glimpse of how he, and others, have changed DC dining, click here.