But a company insider told The Sunday Times that Mr Doherty left the restaurant voluntarily while the investigation took place and that his new role had nothing to do with limiting his contact with staff.Yesterday, Dave Ahern, the gourmet chef who founded the brand Gastro Punk, said while not condoning the alleged actions, Mr Doherty had been through a tough time, citing a divorce.Mr Doherty did not respond directly to requests from The Telegraph for comment, but a statement from Urban Inns, which runs the gastropub, said: “We take allegations of misconduct in any form very seriously and we used an independent HR company to thoroughly investigate some suggestions of inappropriate communications.”Urban Inns has acted, and continues to do so, on these recommendations, following which Dan returned to work.” A BBC celebrity chef was allegedly forced to leave his own restaurant temporarily over claims that he sexually harassed female staff.Dan Doherty, a judge on BBC One’s Britain’s Best Home Cook with Mary Berry, left his gastropub The Royal Oak in Marylebone, central London, for a month in November after allegations surfaced that he sexually harassed a female staff member, asking her for oral sex.Mr Doherty was also alleged to have told workers that he wanted to see them “without their kitchen whites on”, according to The Sunday Times.Last night the BBC said it was in talks with Mr Doherty, 33, as a result of the allegations but refused to comment when The Telegraph asked if his role in the show would be under review.In a statement, Mr Doherty said: “I would never intentionally make offensive comments to anyone I work with, female or male. I have apologised to the whole team for any offence I may have inadvertently caused. It would never be my intention.” Dan Doherty was a judge on BBC One’s Britain’s Best Home Cook with Mary BerryCredit:BBC screengrab Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. An external company investigated Mr Doherty, a former head chef at the London restaurant The Duck and Waffle. He later returned to work but as executive chef – meaning he would have less contact with staff but retained control of the menu.