Mario Batali is a famous American chef, restaurateur and television personality. His experience includes conventional culinary training and Italian cuisine’s cultural and historical context. In the United States, Singapore and Hong Kong, he is the co-owner of many restaurants. He has published many cookbooks, including The Babbo Cookbook and The Big American Cookbook: 250 American Favorite Recipes.
Mario Batali Bio
Mario Francesco Batali was born on 19th September, 1960. He is 60 years old. He was born to Marilyn LaFramboise and Armandino Batali in Seattle, Washington. His birth sign is Virgo. His Italian-American father was an engineer who went on to set up the Salumi restaurant. As his French-Canadian mother was a nurse. In 1975, the family, which also includes his brother Dana and sister Gina, moved to Madrid, Spain from where he graduated from high school. Three years later, he returned to the US to study Spanish theater and economics at Rutgers University. He entered the popular culinary school, Le Cordon Bleu, which specialized in classic French cuisine, after his graduation in 1982. However, he soon left dissatisfied.
Mario Batali developed an interest in cooking from the very beginning, with brilliant home cooks around him, particularly Italian cuisine, which he enjoyed at his grandmother’s house in Seattle.
|Full name||Mario Francesco Batali|
|Date of birth||September 19, 1960|
|Age||60 years old|
|Birth Place||Seattle, Washington, USA|
|Residing place||New York, USA|
|Marital Status||Married ( Susi Cahn)|
|Net Worth||Approximately $25 million|
Mario Batali Career
Mario Batali worked at a pub/restaurant in Stuff Yer Face as a dishwasher while studying at Rutgers University. Later, he worked as a pizza maker. He started working as an apprentice to Chef Marco Pierre White after he left the Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in London. He was working as a sous chef at the Four Seasons Clift, San Francisco, in 1985, and later worked at the La Marina restaurant of the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel, Santa Barbara. He left his job in 1989 and moved to the small Italian village of Borgo Capanne, where he apprenticed in the kitchen of La Volta. He dedicated himself to studying the authentic regional Italian cuisine that became the base of his career during his three years in the village.
After returning to the US, in collaboration with Steve Crane, he opened his first restaurant, PO, in 1993. He soon partnered with restaurateur Joe Bastianich and founded the hospitality group Batali & Bastianich (B&BHG). The duo’s first restaurant, Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, opened in 1998 and won the James Beard Foundation’s Best New Restaurant award. It also got 3 stars by New York Times. More than a dozen restaurants were later opened by B&BHG, including Lupa, Esca, Otto, Casa Mono, Bar Jamon, Bistro du Vent and Del Posto. The company also opened B&B Ristorante, Enoteca San Marco and Carnevino Italian Steakhouse in Las Vegas, Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mosso in Los Angeles.
Mario Batali TV Shows
While cementing his position as a restaurateur, with Food Network’s different show, Batali took the opportunity to develop himself as a television personality. Molto Mario (1996-2004) was his first show with the network, followed by other shows including Mediterranean Mario (1998), Mario Eats Italy (2001-2002), Ciao America with Chef Mario Batali (2003) and Iron Chef America series (2005-2009).
With Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Bittman, he also served as the co-host of the PBS Network show Spain, on the road Again (2008). He co-hosted the ABC daytime talk show seven seasons and cooking show The Chew (2011-2017). He received the 2015 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Insightful Talk Show Host for it.
Mario Batali Cookbooks
Mario Batali has co-authored several cookbooks, including Mario Batali Simple Italian Food (1998), Mario Batali Holiday Food (2000), The Babbo Cookbook (2002), Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home (2005), Molto Gusto: Easy Italian Cooking (2010), Molto Batali: Simple Family Meals from My Home to Yours (2011), America: Farm to Table (2014) and Big American Cookbook: 250 favorite Recipes from Across the USA (2016).
Mario Batali Awards and Achievements
Mario Batali has won several awards for his work, including the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef: New York City (2002), the Outstanding Chef Award (2005) and the Outstanding Restaurateur Award (2008).
Mario Batali Allegations
A number of females came forward at the end of 2017 and accused Batali of sexual assault. He eventually apologized for his past behavior and was expelled from his TV show The Chew. He took B&BHG’s leave of absence and subsequently in 2019 surrendered ownership of his community stakes and a small ownership of Eataly, the Italian food marketplace. Stores refused to sell his cookbooks and goods. In 2019, he was charged with indecent assault and battery that he pleaded not guilty.
Mario Batali Philanthropy and Social Activism
Batali is a critic of hydraulic fracturing, a natural gas extraction process widely known as fracking. In a 2007 book titled “Heat”, Batali was the subject. The book was written by Bill Buford that detailed his philosophy on different aspects of social activism as well as cooking and life.
Batali acted as an ambassador and on the board of directors for the Lunchbox Fund. The Lunchbox Fund is a non-profit organization that provides regular meals to township school’s students in Soweto, South Africa. Batali and his partner, Susi Cahn, founded the Mario Batali Foundation in 2008, funding numerous educational initiatives for children and research on pediatric diseases. Through the David Lynch Foundation, he supports the practice of Transcendental Meditation. Also, Mario is a supporter of Food Bank of New York City and the David Lynch Foundation.
Mario Batali Relationship
Mario married Susi Cahn in 1994. Sushi is the daughter of Miles and Lillian Cahn who are the owners of Coach Inc. The couple have two sons—Benno and Leo Batali.
Mario Batali Social Media
Mario is not active on Facebook and Instagram. But he is active on Twitter with an account, Mario Batali with 1.6M followers.
Mario Batali Net Worth
The estimated Net worth of Mario Batali is approximately $25 million as of 2020.