Phantom Gourmet announced today:
Effective immediately, Dave Andelman will step down as CEO of Phantom Gourmet, Inc, the company he founded in 1993 and he will no longer appear on episodes of the Phantom Gourmet television show. In addition, he will not be involved in any day to day operations and he will relinquish ownership in the company. Dave Andelman will also resign from the Mendon Twin Drive-In.
Dan Andelman, the host of the television program will take over as company CEO.
The company also announced that, should it get back on the air, it will prioritize finding and reporting on black-owned restaurants
Dave Andelman apologized Saturday for daily posts on his personal Facebook page bitching about Black Lives Matter vigils and protests, but WBZ pulled the family restaurant show off the air to consider whether he meant it and whether it's worth bringing the show back.
The Phantom Gourmet announcement continues:
Dan Andelman: "I'm proud of the company my brother Dave helped build and for all our show has done on behalf of local restaurants and employees in the foodservice industry, especially during this challenging time. But, Dave's recent social media statements made it clear that he cannot stay in a leadership role or any role with this company. We are passionate about food and restaurants, but we also vow to dedicate ourselves to advancing the causes of diversity, social justice, and equality. We plan to listen, learn, and act, while we also continue to entertain and inform our loyal food and fun loving fans.
Phantom Gourmet fans are the lifeblood of our company and we deeply apologize that so many have been hurt. This is NOT what Phantom Gourmet is about and we are very sorry. Our hard-working employees and loyal fans deserve better. So, we are taking swift and decisive action today and we want to make it clear that these types of divisive comments are not consistent with our core values."
In addition, Phantom Gourmet is committed to the following:
-Prioritize finding and promoting local black-owned restaurants and foodservice companies owned and operated by minorities and people of color.
-Provide diversity and inclusion training for all employees of Phantom Gourmet, Inc.
-Further educate all employees on Black Lives Matter and systemic racism.
-Complete a stem to stern review of company policies and corporate culture to make sure controls are in place so nothing like this ever happens again.
Dan Andelman: "At our core, Phantom Gourmet is about bringing people together to share good meals and great times. We look forward to using our platform for positive change."