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Who is Susi Cahn? 9 Facts About Mario Batali's Wife

Eileen Reslen
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From Good Housekeeping

Celebrity chef Mario Batali is the latest high-profile man accused of sexual misconduct. Eater released an investigation Monday that featured four women's accounts of Batali touching them inappropriately, and the Food Network star has issued an apology in response.

"I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted," Batali said in part.

Executives at ABC's The Chew, where Batali was one of the main hosts, also issued statements, along with his fellow co-hosts."While we are unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him and anyone affiliated with the show, we will swiftly address any alleged violations of our standards of conduct," ABC said.

However, Batali's wife of 23 years has not spoken out about the matter. Here is everything we know about Susan "Susi" Cahn.

1. She comes from a high-fashion legacy.

Susi Cahn's father, Miles Cahn, was a businessman and designer who co-founded Coach, Inc. with his wife, Lillian, in 1961, according to The New York Times. Lillian helped create an innovative concept for handbags that made them both fashionable and practical, which became synonymous with the Coach brand.

After the Cahns sold the company in 1985, they launched a second business called Coach Farm making artisanal goat cheese in the Hudson Valley.

2. She is of Hungarian and Russian Jewish descent.

Susi's mother Lillian Lenovitz was born on Dec. 11, 1923, in Sátoraljaújhely, now present-day Hungary. Her father, Miles, was born April 18, 1921 to Jewish refugees who fled Russia during the Russian Revolution. He immigrated to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in 1928.

3. She met Mario Batali at a food event in 1992.

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In a 2002 New York Times profile, Batali said he met his wife Susi at a food event in New York. She reportedly often frequented such events because of her family's food business. In the profile, Batali said he accidentally put his foot in his mouth when he mispronounced a type of cheese.

''I came in with this idea that I knew this particular goat cheese, because I had read it somewhere in a book - 't-o-m-m-e,' which is tomme,'' he recalled. ''I said, 'So you got any of this toh-mey?' And they're like, 'No. Maybe you're talking about tomme.'

4. She and Batali have been married for 23 years.

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Batali and Cahn told The New York Times in the above profile they were married in 1994 on a beach in the Caribbean. Six months after the ceremony, they had a reception with mariachi and zydeco bands and tubs of ice cream sandwiches instead of a wedding cake. When asked why she decided to marry Batali, Cahn responded, "He had a nice family."

On November 10, Batali shared a photo of him and his wife celebrating their wedding anniversary in Paris.