Renowned Chef, Restaurateur, Award-Winning Author & Television Personality
An Evening With Mario Batali
Raised in Seattle, Mario studied the golden age of Spanish theater at Rutgers University. Soon after graduating, he took his first bite of culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu in London, from which he withdrew almost immediately due to a “lack of interest.” An apprenticeship with London’s legendary chef Marco Pierre White and three years of intense culinary training in the Northern Italian village of Borgo Capanne (population 200) gave him the essential skills and knowledge to return to his native U.S., eager to plant his orange-clogged foot firmly on the behinds of the checkered-tablecloth Italian restaurant establishment.
Among his many accolades, Mario was named “Man of the Year” in the chef category by GQ Magazine in 1999. In 2002 he won the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef: New York City” award, and in 2005 the James Beard Foundation awarded Mario “Outstanding Chef of the Year”. Mario is also one of the recipients of the 2001 D’Artagnan Cervena Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America, a prestigious lifetime achievement award.
Mario has authored Simple Italian Food (Clarkson Potter, 1998), Mario Batali Holiday Food (Clarkson Potter, 2000); The Babbo Cookbook (Clarkson Potter, 2002); and Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes (Ecco, 2005); Mario Tailgates NASCAR Style (The Sporting News 2006); Mario Batali – Italian Grilling (Ecco, 2008); and Spain…A Culinary Road Trip (Ecco 2008) which was co-authored by Gwyneth Paltrow and a companion cookbook to the PBS prime time series, “Spain…On the Road Again”. In the spring of 2010, Mario’s eighth cookbook hit the shelves. Molto Gusto (Ecco 2010), based on the classic and celebrated dishes of Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, showcases what the world loves best about Italian food – pizza and pasta! With over 100 recipes that cover antipasti, pizza, pasta and gelati, Molto Gusto is the definitive, must-have cookbook that brings the best-loved Italian recipes to your kitchen.
As a TV personality, Mario has hosted a variety of television shows for The Food Network, including Ciao America, Molto Mario and Iron Chef America. In fall of 2008, Mario’s PBS series with co-stars Mark Bittman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Spanish actress Claudia Bassols aired. Spain…On the Road Again followed the foursome’s adventures as they traveled and ate their way through Spain. Mario is also a frequent guest on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, MARTHA and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Mario recently appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Charlie Rose.
In 2008, Mario started the Mario Batali Foundation, with a mission of feeding, protecting, educating and empowering children.