NY Times food columnist shreds Chrissy Teigen’s cooking-inspired business: ‘horrifies me’


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Model Chrissy Teigen unloaded on social media after a New York Times’ food columnist was critical of her cooking business.

The 34-year-old who, along with husband John Legend have been outspoken critics of President Trump and his administration, took to Twitter to lament the harsh words about her “Cravings” cooking empire from Alison Roman.

Following tweets by both women defending their views, and Teigen declaring that Roman’s remarks “hit her hard,” Roman apologized, saying her comments were “flippant” and “careless.”

The author of the bestselling books “Nothing Fancy” and “Dining In” spoke of Teigen’s business in an interview with The New Consumer, remarking on the “Cravings” line which was launched by the model from her love of cooking. The company includes a website, cookbooks, and a line of products sold at Target, as well as Teigen’s interaction with her massive social media following.

“Like, what Chrissy Teigen has done is so crazy to me. She had a successful cookbook. And then it was like: Boom, line at Target. Boom, now she has an Instagram page that has over a million followers where it’s just, like, people running a content farm for her,” Roman said.

“That horrifies me and it’s not something that I ever want to do. I don’t aspire to that. But like, who’s laughing now? Because she’s making a ton of f–king money,” Roman added.

Teigen reacted to the interview on her Twitter account Friday, saying Roman’s comments were “a huge bummer and hit me hard.”

“I have made her recipes for years now, bought the cookbooks, supported her on social and praised her in interviews. I even signed on to executive produce the very show she talks about doing in this article,” Teigen tweeted.

She added that it hurt to be called a “sellout” and that the business requires a lot of work, and little monetary reward, for her.

Teigen pointed out that the “farm” mentioned by Roman “doesn’t exist” and reiterated how “bummed” she was by Roman’s words, which included criticism of organizing consultant Marie Kondo.

Ahead of Teigen’s comments, Roman had tweeted about women bullying other women.

She soon apologized to Teigen, adding that “being a woman who takes down other women is absolutely not my thing.”

In another tweet that did not mention the model, Roman defended her own remarks.

Teigen found plenty of sympathy from her 12.7 million Twitter followers.

“It has been crappy to deal with this all day but I couldn’t not say something,” Teigen had written in one tweet. “I know the actual tears I put into the work I do and it’s really hard to see someone try to completely invalidate it. Someone I really liked.”

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.

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