moment that has helped English secure his position as one of the food industry’s favorite punching bags, why for so many years writers and gossip columnists have largely chosen to overlook his talents as a chef, mentor, and marketer in favor of gleefully reporting on his fumbles, mishaps, and personal foibles, of which there are no shortage: lawsuits, a jilted bride, playboying, posing. ” English says to the camera in the days after the party. ” This is exactly the sort of What was he thinking?In 2005 he was a judge on the PBS show Cooking Under Fire.His life and career received a chapter in Super Chef by Juliette Rossant who had written previously about English for the Forbes Celebrity 100 list.But we’re also told that while the inebriated English was sandwiched between the two babes, stunner Sonneman, who has dated the playboy chef for more than three years, barged up to him and threw a drink in his face. The heartbroken Sonneman thought love-’em-and-leave-’em English would be her long-term partner, and last year, the pair appeared together on a reality show, “Playing with Fire.” But by Saturday, Sonneman had grown tired of English’s wandering ways, and posted pointed messages for him on Twitter. Sonneman said, “I regret my actions but it has been an extraordinarily difficult past couple of weeks for me and I lost my cool . “She flipped out and got very angry with him,” one witness told us. She wrote: “@Chef Todd English I would greatly appreciate it if you’d please stop w/the unnecessarily nasty msgs & rubbing in the cheating.
(“I have joked more than once that every realtor in Charlestown owes him a percent of their sales,” says local industry vet Annie Copps, who worked on the line at Olives in the ’90s.
He and his then wife, Olivia, “brought more future homeowners to that neighborhood than anyone could have imagined.”) As restaurateur Marcus Palmer, who spent almost three years working for English at Olives, says: “When he was cooking, everyone turned their head to the kitchen. People came for him.” But English was never content to limit himself to Boston, especially not once his cooking began getting national recognition from the likes of Food & Wine and Gourmet. As Olivia told a magazine in 1995, “I am always the one who is pulling Todd back.
In 2001, Bon Appetit named him Restaurateur of the Year. I always have to slow him down,” though some accounts say she enjoyed her husband’s growing fame just as much as he did. He has always been a dreamer.” When it came to the Olives brand, the expansion seemed to come overnight.
English and Wang, who'd dated for two years, were set to get married Oct. Wang proceeded without the groom, partying on her own with 150 or so guests.
The rep said there's no excuse for canceling a wedding at the last minute. "(English's) handlers can't defend what he did, so they've come up with the two things people always say about women: She's crazy and greedy." Wang, who is 16 years younger than the 49-year-old English, met the chef at one of his restaurants, and later quit her job as a concierge at the Peninsula Hotel in New York to spend more time with him.