Claire Saffitz announces departure from Bon Appetit: 'I'm going to do my own thing'

The pastry chef, who became an internet sensation as the host of the "Gourmet Makes" series, has announced she is no longer working with Bon Appetit.
"I'm going to do my own thing," Saffitz wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday.
"I'm going to do my own thing," Saffitz wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday.YouTube

Pastry chef and online personality Claire Saffitz has officially announced that she is no longer working with Bon Appetit magazine.

Saffitz, who became an internet sensation as the host of the "Gourmet Makes" series on Bon Appetit's YouTube channel, wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday that her relationship with Conde Nast Entertainment, the media company that owns Bon Appetit, ended in May.

"I'm going to do my own thing," Saffitz wrote. "I'm grateful to Bon Appetit and CNE for the opportunity to build my career on their platforms, but this opportunity was not granted equally to all."

Bon Appetit and Conde Nast came under fire in June when allegations surfaced that the food publication only paid its white hosts for video appearances, and not people of color. These claims came alongside a photo of Bon Appetit's then editor-in-chief, Adam Rapoport, in brown face. As a result, Rapoport resigned and video hosts Priya Krishna, Sohla El-Waylly and Rick Martinez left the "Test Kitchen" series.

At the time of the incident, Saffitz took to social media to denounce the publication's racism and recognized her privilege as a white host, but wrote that she was still unsure about her future at the company. Now, it is certain that she will no longer be a part of the team.

Saffitz ended her most recent Instagram post by commending the publication's new direction.

"Bon Appetit's new leadership, coupled with the incredible hard work and dedication of the staff, make me confident that it will be a more equitable, inclusive and dynamic place in the future," Saffitz wrote.

Saffitz's first cookbook, "Dessert Person," comes out on Oct. 20.

Read Saffitz's full statement below.