On Air with Ryan Seacrest

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 8:00AM - 1:00PM

Mario joins Ryan Seacrest on his daily radio program to talk all things World AIDS Day, (RED) and the opening of his NYC restaurant, La Sirena!

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Bal Masque

Friday, January 8th, 2016

A celebration of New Orleans' Creole carnival roots, capturing the spirit of a classic Bal Masqué with music, dance and food. Mario is joining Chefs Link and Stryjewski for an exclusive dinner at Calcasieu. He'll craft a menu featuring signature dishes from his vast Italian repertoire. This evening offers a unique opportunity for 150 guests to support the Link Stryjewski Foundation at an intimate dinner, being offered as a Bal Masque ticket enhancement at $500 per person.

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From his restaurants and cookbooks to his philanthropic efforts, everything that Mario Batali has achieved is bigger, bolder and more recognizable.


Mario Batali


Raised in Seattle, Mario attended high school in Madrid and studied the golden age of Spanish theater at Rutgers University. Soon after graduating, Mario enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu in London, his first formal culinary training. But after a few short months, he withdrew to apprentice with London’s legendary chef Marco Pierre White. During three years of intense culinary training in the Northern Italian village of Borgo Capanne (population 200), Mario learned the essential skills to return to his native US eager to plant his orange-clad foot firmly on the checkered-tablecloth Italian restaurant establishment.


After having gained momentum on the New York restaurant scene at beloved neighborhood joints including Rocco’s and Po, Mario teamed up with Joe Bastianich to open Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca on Waverly Place in 1998. There he realized his cooking philosophy: use the best local ingredients as simply as possible and serve them with flourish and joy. As a Tuscan cooks in Chianti, as a Neapolitan cooks on the Amalfi coast, as a Sicilian cooks in Pantelleria, at Babbo Mario cooked as an Italian might in the Hudson Valley region.


Today, Mario is one of the most recognized and respected chefs worldwide. He and Joe have created a successful restaurant and culinary empire that spans New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Singapore, and Hong Kong.


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 the designation “Outstanding Chef of the Year.” Mario was also a recipient of the 2001 D’Artagnan Cervena “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America,” a prestigious food industry lifetime achievement award.


Mario is also the author of ten cookbooks including the James Beard Award Winning, Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes (ecco 2005); New York Times Bestseller Mario Batali Italian Grill (ecco 2007); and Molto Batali: Simple Family Meals form My Home to Yours (ecco 2011). Mario’s most recent cookbook is AMERICA Farm to Table (Grand Central Life & Style).


In 2008, Mario founded the Mario Batali Foundation with the mission of feeding, protecting educating and empowering children.


10 restaurants in New York • 4 restaurants in Las Vegas • 4 restaurants in California • 2 restaurants in Singapore • 2 Italian markets in New York • 1 Italian market in Chicago • 2 restaurants in Connecticut. and counting…


Molto Mario premiers on Food Network



Mario and Joe open Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca. Soon thereafter, the restaurant receives three stars from New York Times Restaurant Critic Ruth Reichl



The James Beard Foundation names Mario Best Chef New York City



Frank Bruni of the New York Times re-reviews Babbo and affirms its three-star status



Mario, Joe and Mark Ladner open Del Posto in partnership with Lidia Bastianich


The James Beard Foundation named Mario Best Chef in America



The James Beard Foundation calls Molto Italiano Best International Cookbook of the Year



With partner Nancy Silverton, Mario opens instant-hits Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles


Mario opens two restaurants in the Venetian Hotel Casino in Las Vegas: Otto Enoteca Pizzeria and B&B Ristorante



Mario opens Carnevino Italian Steakhouse in the Palazzo Hotel Casino


The James Beard Foundation names Mario Best Restaurateur of the Year



In his first suburban venture, Mario opens Tarry Lodge in Port Chester, New York



Mario and partners Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich, and Oscar Farinetti open Eataly NYC, a 50,000 square-foot marketplace and eatery in Manhattan’s Flatiron District

Mario expands internationally with Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Casino in Singapore


New York Times Restaurant Critic, Sam Sifton, awards Del Posto four stars, making it the first Italian restaurant in over 36  years to receive that honor



Tarry Lodge Pizzeria e Enoteca opens in Westport, Connecticut


Del Posto is initiated into the prestigious Relais & Chateaux Guidebook, one of only 5 New York restaurants with that distinction


Mario and co-hosts Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, and Michael Symon launch The Chew on ABC daytime




Mario opens Chi Spacca, a meat-centric restaurant in Los Angeles with Chef Chad Colby at the helm


Mario opens Eataly Chicago, the second U.S. outpost of the hugely successful artisanal food and wine marketplace, at 63,000 sq. ft in the famed Michigan Avenue district


Mario, along with business partner Joe Bastianich, open their fourth restaurant in Las Vegas, B&B Burger & Beer


Mario and co-author Jim Webster released AMERICA Farm to Table (Grand Central Life & Style), which celebrates farmers and looks at their top products in fourteen states across America.



Mario opens Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca on Boston’s Fan Pier in the city’s waterfront Innovation District.


From his restaurants and cookbooks to his philanthropic efforts, everything that Mario Batali has achieved is bigger, bolder and more recognizable.


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Mario On Air



Mario stars in “The Chew,” a daytime talk show on ABC that celebrates and explores life through food. The Chew airs weekdays at 1PM EST on ABC.

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molto mario

Freshness and simplicity are the keys to Mario Batali’s spectacular Italian cuisine.  Molto Mario brings these principles home – it’s a culinary tour of Italy with tips and secrets from one of New York’s premier chefs.

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Mario is one of the stars of the wildly successful series on the Food Network, Iron Chef America. Based on the format of the Japanese cult sensation, Iron Chef America carries on the legend of kitchen stadium and the famed “secret ingredient.”



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Late Night with jimmy fallon

Mario has appeared on Late Night over a dozen times. It’s rumored that the only guest to have made more appearances is Jeff Musial, the animal guy. But it’s only a matter of time before the animal guy is dethroned…

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Mario appears regularly on Good Morning America to promote his new projects or simply cook a seasonal recipe with the crew.



Mario was featured with good friend REM front man, Michael Stipe, in a Sundance Channel limited original series, ICONOCLASTS, from Executive Producer, Robert Redford. The show is a series of intimate, unpredictable portraits of ground shakers who have transformed our culture through their passions.

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