With twenty-one restaurants, nine cookbooks and a host of television shows, including the ever-popular Iron Chef America, 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. 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. In their first overseas venture, Mario and Joe opened Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza in the Marina Bay Sands Resort Casino in exotic and beautiful Singapore. In August 2012, the pair opened Carnevino in Hong Kong, their second restaurant in China.
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.
As of September 2011, Mario stars in “The Chew,” a daytime talk show on ABC that celebrates and explores life through food.
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Restaurateur Joe Bastianich, alongside partners Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali, owns thirty successful restaurants worldwide including New York City-based Babbo and Del Posto and Carnevino in Las Vegas. In 2010, he expanded Los Angeles-based Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza to Singapore. Earlier that year, he and his partners teamed up with Italian retail pioneer Oscar Farinetti to bring Eataly, the world’s largest artisanal food and wine market, to New York. The North and South American branches have since flourished, with locations in Chicago, São Paolo, the World Trade Center and most recently, Boston.
He has received numerous accolades for his groundbreaking work in the food and wine sector. He has been honored with two James Beard Foundation Awards, in 2005 for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional and in 2008, together with his partner Mario Batali, for Outstanding Restaurateur.
When not working on expanding his restaurants and Eataly, Joe writes music and books. He has authored two books on Italian wine, Grandi Vini and the award-winning Vino Italiano. His memoir, Restaurant Man, became a New York Times Best Seller within one week of its release. He traces his journey from childhood, in 1970s Queens working at his family’s red sauce joint, to his present-day role within the culinary empire of the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group.
Joe continues to reprise his role as a judge on Sky’s MasterChef Italia. When he is not busy bringing new business ventures to life, both stateside and in Italy, he can be found at his home in New York City, playing guitar and spending time with his wife, Deanna, and their three children, whom he counts as his greatest achievements.
After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1998, Frank began working at Le Cirque 2000 and honed his skills in the kitchen there for two years. In 2001, Frank decided to return to his Italian roots. He set his sights high, determined to work only for a then up-and-coming chef whom he greatly admired. Frank left Le Cirque 2000, printed a single copy of his resume and submitted it to Mario Batali at Babbo. He got the job and has worked under his mentor, Mario Batali, ever since and has lead the kitchen as Executive Chef since 2002.
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