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El Paso Chef Sara Horowitz Accused of Assaulting Weatherman Boyfriend

April 18, 2013

An El Paso chef known for her appearances on the Food Network and other television cooking shows, and who became pop star Justin Bieber's personal chef, was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, a local television weatherman.

Sara Horowitz, 38, was arrested April 10 on suspicion of assault causing bodily injury of a family member for allegedly hitting her boyfriend, Mark Mathis, the morning weatherman for Channel 9-KTSM.

Horowitz was later released on bond.

According to a police arrest affidavit, Mathis, who had been dating Horowitz, filed a report at the Westside Regional Command Center alleging Horowitz punched him and kicked him during an argument outside of a home in the 5000 block of White

Oak Drive.

The argument began after the two returned from a trip to Austin. During the argument, Mathis apparently became angry at Horowitz for spilling a cooler full of food inside of a vehicle they had been traveling in, and he yelled, "What the (expletive) are you doing!" then flicked a hat off of Horowitz's head. Horowitz allegedly became upset and began punching and kicking Mathis.

Mathis alleged Horowitz punched his right eye, breaking his glasses and causing a small scrape above the eye. Officers noted in their report Mathis also had "small scrapes and bruises" on his legs, some bruising behind his right ear and swelling on the right side of his upper lip.

Mathis told police he didn't want to prosecute Horowitz,

but according to Texas law, state prosecutors may choose to proceed with filing charges against someone accused of family violence. Mathis told police the couple had been dating "on and off" for about a year.

Horowitz didn't return calls from the El Paso Times for comment.

According to court records, which list her as 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds, her court date is pending in County Criminal Court-at-Law No. 4. Her attorney was not immediately listed.

In November, Horowitz announced she would be the personal chef for Bieber on his current tour. Horowitz was a runner-up on Gordon Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen" in 2006 and participated in the Food Network's "Best in Smoke" competition in 2010. In 2008, she was the lead chef at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.



Source: (c)2013 the El Paso Times (El Paso, Texas). Distributed by MCT Information Services.


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