Mario Batalico-host, Spain… on the road Again
With 13 restaurants, six 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, account for his many accolades, including GQ Magazine’s Man of the Year and the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef.
He has been profiled by such publications as TIME Magazine, LIFE magazine and The New Yorker and appears regularly on national television shows like Good Morning America and Live! With Regis and Kelly. In April 2008, Batali’s eagerly anticipated sixth cookbook — Mario Batali - Italian Grill — debuted and quickly landed on the New York Times Best Seller list.
Batali made his debut as a public television host with the popular culinary road trip Spain… on the road Again. He attended high school in Spain and learned (in his words) “how to eat and drink” there.
Batali owns seven New York City restaurants, including his flagship, award-winning restaurant, Babbo Ristorante e Entoeca, which he owns with partner Joe Bastianich. His other six enormously successful restaurants in New York City include Lupa Osteria Romana, Esca, Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, Del Posto, and his two Spanish restaurants Bar Jamón and Casa Mono.
The duo’s first West Coast venture, in collaboration with Nancy Silverton, is Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles. Batali and Bastianich recently journeyed to Las Vegas to open B&B Ristorante and Enoteca San Marco in the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino. Their latest project is Carnevino — an Italian steak house opened in January 2008 in the Palazzo Hotel, adjacent to the Venetian.
Batali splits his time between New York City’s Greenwich Village and northern Michigan with his wife Susi Cahn of Coach Dairy Goat Farm, and their two sons.