“It is my goal to help shine a spotlight on Feeding America’s extraordinary efforts in the fight against hunger and to assist in making hunger relief a top priority in this country.”
With twenty-two restaurants, nine cookbooks and a host of television shows, including ABC's The Chew, Mario Batali is one of the most recognized and respected chefs working today.
Mario and his business partner, Joe Bastianich, own seventeen restaurants across the country including their flagship Manhattan enoteca, Babbo. In the summer of 2010, they opened Eataly, a 50,000 square foot marketplace in New York City. Eataly’s latest dining option, a beer-centric rooftop restaurant and brewery called Birreria, opened in June 2011.
Mario is also the author of nine 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 Gusto (ecco 2010). Mario’s newest book, Molto Batali: Simple Family Meals form My Home to Yours (ecco 2011), was released in the fall of 2011.