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Breakout Star Claire Saffitz Parts Ways With the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen

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Claire Saffitz and Brad Leone
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Despite new leadership at Bon Appétit, Saffitz says her time there is over

On Tuesday, Bon Appétit test kitchen personality Claire Saffitz announced she would not be continuing her relationship with Bon Appétit or Conde Nast Entertainment. “I’m grateful to Bon Appétit and CNE for the opportunity to build my career on their platforms, but this opportunity was not granted equally to all,” she wrote in a statement on Instagram. And despite hoping “new leadership” would make Bon Appétit a “more equitable, inclusive, and dynamic place,” she has decided to move on, saying, “I’m going to do my own thing.”

Saffitz is the seventh test kitchen personality to step away over the past several months. Hosts including Priya Krishna, Sohla El-Waylly, Molly Baz, and Carla Lalli Music have all chosen to end their video contracts after months of unsuccessful negotiations with Bon Appétit and Condé Nast Entertainment over race-based pay discrepancies within the test kitchen, and a longstanding culture of tokenization and inequity of non-white talent. Saffitz has a book coming out in a few weeks, and if the career trajectories of other former test kitchen stars are any indication, she’ll probably do just fine.

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