Mario Batali is an American chef, restaurateur, writer, and tv presenter. At one time, Batali managed a restaurant empire with multiple cookbooks, booming restaurants, a line of gourmet products, and innumerable performances on broadcast and in print.
At the peak of his empire, Mario and his partner, Joe Bastianich, controlled 16 venues from New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas to Singapore and Hong Kong.
He has earned numerous James Beard awards in addition to multiple other distinctions. In 2017, Batali bowed to pressure to resign from his restaurant chain amid a string of disturbing sexual harassment allegations. He finally stepped down and in March 2019, he sold off his part in the firm that was once known as Batali and Bastianich Hospitality Group.
The Beginnings Life:
Mario Francesco Batali was born on September 19, 1960, in Seattle, Washington, and is better known as Mario Batali. He spent his childhood in Seattle with his mother Marilyn, who sadly died in 2020; his father Armandino, who established the restaurant Salumi in Seattle; and his two siblings.
While Mario was a student at Rutgers University in New Jersey, he worked as a cook at Stuff Yer Face, which is located in New Brunswick and is a restaurant and pub. He attended Rutgers University and majored in both theatre and economics, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre in 1982.
After finishing high school, he enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu in London, but he soon left the school to begin an apprenticeship with the famous London chef Marco Pierre White. Batali was also a student at the La Volta restaurant in Borgo Capanne, which is located in Italy. He was there for three years.
When He Starts Career:
When Mario was in his twenties, he held the position of sous chef at the Four Seasons Clift Hotel in San Francisco as well as the Four Seasons Biltmore.
In addition, he was employed at the Stars cafe in San Francisco. In 1993, he founded an Italian restaurant in New York City called Pó. Three years later, the Food Network granted Mario Batali his own show called “Molto Mario,” which aired from 1999 all the way up until 2004. 1998 saw the formation of the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, which he co-founded with Joe and Lidia Bastianich.
Together, they established the restaurant Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, which went on to receive a number of prestigious awards. In the same year, Mario launched his first cookbook, which was titled “Mario Batali Simple Italian Food: Recipes from My Two Villages.”
He also presented the show “Mediterranean Mario” on the Food Network in that same year. Mario Batali published his first cookbook, titled “Mario Batali Holiday Food: Families Recipes for the Most Festive Time of the Year,” in the year 2000. The following year, he began hosting the television show “Mario Eats Italy,” which aired on the Food Network from the year 2001 until the year 2002.
Mario’s “The Babbo Cookbook” was published in 2002, and he also made a contribution to “Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy” in the same year. In 2003, he was the host of “Ciao America with Chef Mario Batali” on the Food Network.
The following year, in 2004, he made appearances in “Pizza! The Movie,” “Iron Chef America: Battle of the Masters,” and “An Italian Christmas with Mario and Giada.” In 2005, Mario Batali published the cookbook “Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home.”
That same year, he also had an interview with Michael Stipe of R.E.M. for the documentary series “Iconoclasts.” In 2006, he released the book “Mario Tailgates NASCAR Style,” and in 2008, he released “Italian Grill” and “Spain…A Culinary Road Trip,” the latter of which was authored in collaboration with actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
In 2007, Mario Batali starred in the documentary “Mario, FULL BOIL” which was broadcast on the Food Network. In 2008, Mario Batali co-hosted the PBS series “Spain… on the road Again” alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, food writer Mark Bittman, and actress Claudia Bassols.
After lending his voice to the character of Mr. Rabbit in the stop-motion animation feature “Fantastic Mr. Fox” directed by Wes Anderson and making an appearance in the horror film “Bitter Feast” in 2010, Mario became a co-host on the ABC discussion show “The Chew” in 2011.
Molto Gusto: Easy Italian Cooking was published in 2010, “Molto Batali: Simple Family Meals from My Home to Yours” was published in 2011, “America – Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers” was published in 2014, and “Big American Cookbook: 250 Favorite Recipes from Across the USA” was published in 2016.
In addition, he played himself on “The Jim Gaffigan Show” in 2016, and lent his voice to “The Simpsons” in 2011 (2016). During the course of his career, Mario Batali has established over twenty dining establishments, some of which include Lupa Osteria Romana, Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, Carnevino, Esca, and Casa Mono.
As for His Personal Life
Mario married Susi Cahn in November 1994, 2 years after meeting her at a cuisine event he was attending. “The Batali Brothers Cookbook” was released by their sons Benno and Leo, who are also interested in cooking, in 2013.
Susi and Mario founded the Mario Batali Foundation in 2008 to support pediatric disease research and educational initiatives for children. Mario is deeply committed to charitable causes. An ambassador for The Lunchbox Fund (as well as a board member), Batali resigned after being accused of sexual assault by the organization’s founders.
Eight women came out in December 2017 to say that Batali had harassed or abused them sexually. It only took three days after the charges were made public before Mario was sacked from “The Chew,” the Food Network opted not to run any “Molto Mario” episodes set for release in 2018, and Target discontinued selling any of Mario Batali’s products.
Another lady said she was sexually assaulted by Mario at The Spotted Pig in 2005 in a May 2018 episode of 60 Minutes. In spite of Batali’s denial, he apologized for his prior conduct. In May of that year, he was charged with indecent assault and battery for touching a woman at a Massachusetts restaurant in 2017. In 2019, he relinquished control of Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group and Eataly.
Mario Batali Has a Net Worth of $25 Million
It was awarded the James Beard Foundation’s “Best New Restaurant of the Year” award in 1998 for Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca. In addition to the “Best Chef: New York City” award from the James Beard Foundation in 2002, Batali received the “All-Clad Cookware Excellent Chef Award” in 2005. Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, which received a Michelin star in 2008, was selected “Best Restaurateur” by the James Beard Foundation in 2008. Mario was also listed in the D’Artagnan Cervena Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America in 2001.