Fast Facts

  • Double majored in Spanish Theater and Economics in college.
  • In 1989, quit his job as a chef at the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel's La Marina restaurant in Santa Barbara, and moved to a village in Northern Italy to study traditional Italian cooking.
  • Opened his first restaurant, Po, in 1993 in New York City.
  • Established the Mario Batali Foundation in 2009, which organizes fundraising to help feed and educate children.
  • On the board of directors for The Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit that provides meals to students in South Africa.


  • Benno Batali — Son
  • Marilyn Batali — Mother
  • Leo Batali — Son
  • Susi Cahn — Wife
  • Armandino Batali — Father


  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States (1982); attended Le Cordon Bleu, London, England

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  • Birth Name: Mario Francesco Batali
  • Birth Place: Seattle, Washington, United States
  • Profession: Chef

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