Bon Appétit loses yet another Test Kitchen viral video personality in mass exodus

Bon Appétit loses yet another Test Kitchen viral video personality in mass exodus

It’s a mass exodus at one of Condé Nast’s most successful endeavors.

Bon Appétit’s Test Kitchen has lost Carla Lalli Music, the food mag’s editor-at-large and one of the video series’ most popular contributors. The chef and cookbook author is the latest staffer to bail on the brand, which workers say is continuing to balk at calls for pay equity, among other things, for its employees of color during new contract negotiations.

“I am leaving Bon Appétit video. I will miss doing something I loved with people I still love,” tweeted Lalli Music, who added that she’ll remain with the company in her editorial role.

Condé Nast Entertainment, or CNE, the company’s arm that runs the video division, has lost six of its video personalities. They rose to celebrity status demonstrating cooking techniques and recipes in Bon Appétit’s airy One World Trade Center kitchen. The video channel, which boasts 6 million subscribers on YouTube, has been one of the few money-making successes for the beleaguered publishing company, New York Magazine reported last year.

The drama began unfolding in June, when Bon Appétit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport resigned after a photo surfaced that showed him in brownface. Soon after, assistant food editor Sohla El-Waylly publicly addressed her low salary compared to her white colleagues’. That was followed by further allegations that Matt Duckor, head of CNE’s lifestyle video programming, didn’t feature people of color in Test Kitchen videos and paid them less, leading to Duckor’s stepping down.

“Sohla El-Waylly bravely spoke out about her salary and the racist practices that sidelined and tokenized her as a Bon Appétit video host,” Lalli Music wrote in her resignation announcement. “Her statements ushered in a torrent of information about failures at Condé Nast Entertainment.”

Bon Appetit Test Kitcen personalities Chris Morocco, Claire Saffitz, Priya Krishna, Carla Lalli Music, Brad Leone, Gaby Melian, Sohla El-Waylly, Adam Rapoport, Molly Baz, Andy Baraghani and Christina Chaey.
Bon Appétit Test Kitchen personalities (from left) Chris Morocco, Claire Saffitz, Priya Krishna, Carla Lalli Music, Brad Leone, Gaby Melian, Sohla El-Waylly, Adam Rapoport, Molly Baz, Andy Baraghani and Christina ChaeyGetty Images

Test Kitchen contributing writer Priya Krishna, contributing food editor Rick Martinez and El-Waylly — who make up half of the six people of color featured on the videos — announced their departures last week, followed by Molly Baz, the senior food editor, and Gaby Melian, the Test Kitchen manager, who will remain in that role but will not appear in videos.


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