NEW BRUNSWICK — Celebrity chef and former Rutgers University student Mario Batali has issued an apology to his newsletter subscribers for his sexual misconduct against women, but he confounded some by ending his message with a recipe for a "holiday-inspired breakfast."

Batali was immediately blasted on social media for including in the Friday email the "Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls" recipe after his apology for making "many mistakes."

His apology concluded:

I will work every day to regain your respect and trust.

-mb

ps. in case you're searching for a holiday-inspired breakfast, these Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls are a fan favorite.

Several women have made allegations that he touched them inappropriately. Batali admitted his behavior and first apologized in a statement Monday.

He has stepped down from his restaurant empire and was kicked off the ABC cooking show, "The Chew." The Food Network also scrapped plans to air new episodes of his hit '90s cooking show, "Molto Mario."

An email sent to Batali's media team Saturday seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Before rising to the top of the culinary world, Batali attended Rutgers University, and worked at the nearby Stuff Yer Face restaurant on Easton Avenue in New Brunswick.

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