A Michelin-starred chef apologized for posing in a racist photo with staff making slant-eyed gestures

Business Insider | 12/6/2019 | Sophie Gallagher
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Dear Victor Liong @smokeystevenson , Dear All, I never thought that a photo could generate all this. The shot in question was dictated by the excitement and enthusiasm that the confrontation with a new culture has generated in our daily work. Now I realize, that I probably don't know the subject of the question well enough and that I have underestimated its meaning. I am against all forms of violence and above all I am against all forms of racism. I strongly believe in comparison, sharing and contamination with other cultures and countries as a stimulus for my growth and that of future generations. I apologize to all those I have offended. It was not my intention to offend anyone, much less discriminate against other cultures. So please Victor, I would love to invite you to come in Italy and spent some days here in my restaurant as my guest, to celebrate the meaning of the relations between different cultures and make a four hands dinner together. Forgive me! @the_gelinaz --

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A Michelin-starred Italian chef has apologized for posting a photo of himself and other chefs making slant-eyed gestures on Instagram.

Gianluca Gorini of Da Gorini in Bagno di Romagna was widely criticized for the racist photo after Toronto restaurateur and bestselling author Jen Agg posted it on Twitter.

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He has since apologized, saying: "I realise that I probably don't know the subject of the question well enough and that I have underestimated its meaning."

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Award-winning Italian chef Gianluca Gorini has apologized after being accused of using "racist tropes" in an Instagram photo of himself and other chefs doing slit-eyed gestures on Tuesday.

Gorini, who was recently awarded a Michelin star for his restaurant in Bagno di Romagna, is considered to be one of Italy's rising young stars, according to Food and Wine gazette.

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But Toronto restaurateur and bestselling author, Jen Agg, criticized Gorini on Twitter for the image on his Instagram, which was subsequently deleted.

In the photo, which features six chefs and a child, the group are all wearing traditional Asian conical hats and five of them are pulling their eyes into a 'slant' position.

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The image was reportedly posted during the 'Gelinaz shuffle' event, which, according to their website, sees restaurateurs around the world participate in a "recipe swap."

The website reads: "Chefs stay at home and swap...
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