Front Burner

Bon Appetit, race and food culture

Bon Appetit’s top editor resigned this week after accusations of brownface. The news inspired a series of allegations by staff at the food magazine about systemic racism within the company. Today on Front Burner, culture writer Navneet Alang on the fallout.
Adam Rapoport attends SiriusXM's Food Talk hosted Restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian at The Lambs Club on October 13, 2017 in New York City. (Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
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Bon Appetit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport resigned on Monday over accusations of brownface. It involved a 2004 photo of Rapoport and his wife dressing up as Puerto Ricans. But according to more than a dozen former and current employees of colour who have since spoken out, the racism runs deeper than just that photo. Today on Front Burner, a conversation with culture writer Navneet Alang about this controversy, and what it says about who gets to tell stories about foods from different cultures.

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