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Mario Batali is an Italian-American chef, restaurateur, TV host and writer.
Batali started his culinary career in high school working as a dishwasher at Stuff Yer Face restaurant in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He quickly moved up from dishwasher to pizzaman during his college years at Rutgers. He spent time at Le Cordon Bleu in London and three years as a chef’s apprentice in Northern Italy. He opened Po in 1993 with his then-partner, Stephen Crane, but sold his interest in the restaurant in September, 2000.
With his business partner, Joe Bastianich (son of Lidia Bastianich), he went on to own the recent Michelin star winning Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca (1998), Lupa (1999), Esca (2000), Otto Enoteca Pizzeria (2003), Casa Mono (2004), Bar Jamon (2004), Bistro du Vent (2004), and Del Posto (2005) as well as a shop called Italian Wine Merchants (1999). He has starred in four Food Network shows and appeared in commercials for GladWare containers. In 2005 he won the James Beard Foundation’s “Outstanding Chef” award. He is also one of the principal subjects of Bill Buford’s 2006 book, “Heat”.