Mario Batali

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Born September 9, 1960
Seattle, WA
Cooking Style Italian
Education Le Cordon Bleu, London
Restaurants Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, Lupa Osteria Romana, Italian Wine Merchant (shop), Esca, Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, Casa Mono, Bar Jamon, Bistro du Vent, Del Posto, (all located in New York City)
TV Show(s) Molto Mario; Ciao America with Mario Batali; Iron Chef America; Mario, Full Boil

Mario Batali is an Italian-American chef and restauranteur. He attended Rutgers University where he double majored in Spanish Theater and Economics, graduating in 1982. He also started working as a dishwasher at Stuff Yer Face restaurant in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He quickly moved up from dishwasher to pizzaman during his college years at Rutgers. He spent time at Le Cordon Bleu in London and three years as a chef's apprentice in Northern Italy. With his partner, Joe Bastianich (son of Lidia Bastianich), he went on to own the restaurants Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca (1998), Lupa (1999), Esca (2000), Otto Enoteca Pizzeria (2003) Casa Mono (2004), Bar Jamon (2004), Bistro du Vent (2004), and Del Posto (2005) as well as a shop called Italian Wine Merchants (1999). He has starred in four Food Network shows and appeared in commercials for GladWare containers. In 2005 he won the James Beard Foundation's "Outstanding Chef" award. He currently lives in New York with his wife Susi Cahn (daughter of Miles and Lillian Cahn, founders of Coach Leather) and two sons, Leo and Benno. His father is Armandino Batali, owner of Salumi in Seattle.

Batali is often identified by his constant wearing of orange clogs. It has become one of his symbols, and a pair appear on the back cover of his 2005 cookbook, Molto Italiano.

Food Network shows

  • Molto Mario
  • Mediterranean Mario
  • Mario Eats Italy
  • Ciao America
  • Iron Chef America: Battle of the Masters
  • Iron Chef America: The Series
  • Mario, FULL BOIL (Special)


  • Mario Batali Simple Italian Food: Recipes from My Two Villages (1998), ISBN 0609603000
  • Mario Batali Holiday Food : Family Recipes for the Most Festive Time of the Year (2000), ISBN 060960774X
  • Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy (contributor) (2002), ISBN 0609608487
  • The Babbo Cookbook (2002), ISBN 0609607758
  • The Artist's Palate (foreword) (2003), ISBN 0789477688
  • Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home (2005), ISBN 0060734922
  • Mario Tailgates NASCAR Style (2006), ISBN 0892048468


  • Three Stars from The New York Times for Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca
  • "Best New Restaurant of 1998" from the James Beard Foundation for Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca
  • "Man of the Year" in GQ's chef category in 1999
  • D'Artagnan Cervena Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America in 2001
  • "Best Chef: New York City" from the James Beard Foundation in 2002
  • "All-Clad Cookware Outstanding Chef Award" from the James Beard Foundation in 2005 (national award)
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