- Jan 1, 1968 (Age: 50)
With fourteen restaurants, eight cookbooks and a host of television shows, including the ever-popular Iron Chef America, Mario Batali is arguably one of the most recognized and respected chefs working in America today. This, combined with his larger-than-life personality is the reason that he has received accolades like GQ Magazine’s Man of the Year and the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef.
Mario is also the author of the James Beard Award Winning, Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes (Ecco 2005) and the New York Times Bestseller Mario Batali Italian Grill (Ecco 2007). Mario’s newest New York Times Best Seller, Spain…A Culinary Road Trip (Ecco 200
is the companion book to his prime-time PBS series Spain…On The Road Again. His upcoming and highly anticipated cookbook, Molto Gusto (Ecco 2010) will hit shelves April 2010.
Mario started the Mario Batali Foundation in May of 2008. The mission of the Mario Batali Foundation is to feed, protect, educate and empower children. To learn more Mario’s mission, visit www.mariobatalifoundation.org. Mario splits his time between New York City’s Greenwich Village and northern Michigan with his wife and their two sons. For more information on Mario and his many projects visit www.mariobatali.com.