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Mario Batali Biography

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

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


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