Celebrity chef makes up with Ivanka Trump over alleged party snub

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Celebrity chef José Andrés said early on Sunday that he was kicked out of an Alfalfa Club dinner afterparty at Cafe Milano. | via Twitter

Celebrity chef Jose Andres blamed Ivanka Trump after he was denied entry to an afterparty reception Saturday night at a restaurant in Washington, D.C.

Now, he’s moved on. He tweeted that Ivanka Trump reached out to him today, and he is no longer accusing her of having him barred from the private event.

Last evening, it was a different story. “I was a guest of the #alfalfaclubdinner2018 ‘everyone’ welcome to the after party, but I’m the only individual not allow in,” Andres tweeted. “Is because @IvankaTrump told you so?”

The Alfalfa Club is a social club that holds an annual banquet on the last Saturday in January in the nation’s capital. The club’s membership is primarily comprised of politicians and business executives.

The Chicago Sun-Times reached out to the publicist for Andres for further comment on the tweet and received the following response: “Thanks for reaching out; however, José is unavailable for interviews and we have no further details to share at this time. Thank you for understanding.”

Jorge Guajardo, the former Mexican ambassador to China, claimed in a tweet that Andres was booted from the party because “his presence made Ivanka Trump uncomfortable, The Hill reported. He added that the D.C. restaurant is the favored “watering hole” for Trump administration staffers.

TV host Anthony Bourdain also took to Twitter to defend his fellow celebrity chef.

“Loathsome,” Bourdain tweeted. “A grotesque betrayal of a true patriot and hero.”

Andres became embroiled in a legal battle with the Trump organization after canceling plans for a restaurant at Trump’s D.C. hotel after Trump made incendiary comments about Hispanics during a speech announcing his candidacy for president, according to The Hill. The lawsuit has been settled.

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