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Mario Batali

Mario Batali (born September 19, 1960) is an American chef, writer, restaurateur and media personality. In addition to his classical culinary training, he is an expert on the history and culture of Italian cuisine, including regional and local variations. Batali co-owns restaurants in New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Singapore, Hong Kong and Westport, Connecticut. Batali's signature clothing style includes shorts and orange Crocs. Batali was born in Seattle, Washington, the son of Marilyn (née LaFramboise) and Armandino Batali. His family moved to Yakima, Washington shortly thereafter. When Batali was about 8, his family moved back to Seattle when his father got a job as an engineer for Boeing. His father worked for Boeing for thirty years, then, after retirement, opened a meat-curing shop, Salumi, in Seattle. He is of Italian ancestry on his father's side, and French Canadian ancestry on his mother's side. According to research done by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (of Harvard University, in 2010 for the PBS series Faces of America), his paternal great-great grandparents opened an Italian foods store in 1903. Batali's family roots are found almost entirely in the Western

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Mario Batali Accused of Condoning Sexual Harassment in Butt-Slapping Lawsuit

Mario Batali
Accused in Butt-Slapping Suit Of Ignoring Sexual Misdeeds

Mario Batali's name has been dragged into a sexual harassment lawsuit in New York -- in which an ex-waiter claims the famous chef stood by for months ... while his fellow workers tortured him with… READ MORE >

Mario Batali -- Beware of Soap Opera Junkies

Mario Batali -- Beware of Soap Opera Junkies

Chef Mario Batali has our resident tv junkie FURIOUS -- because his new show is replacing her canceled soaps. But don't worry Mario ... we're almost 100% sure she's kidding. Check out TMZ on TV --… READ MORE >

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Mario Batali -- Don't Blame ME For Killing The Soaps!

Mario Batali -- Don't Blame ME For Killing The Soaps!

Super chef Mario Batali -- who's starring in one of the shows replacing "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" -- has a serious reality check for soap-heads ... IT'S OVER!!! Batali was on his… READ MORE >

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Chef Mario Batali -- Accused of Playing Hide the Tip

Chef Mario Batali -- Accused of Playing Hide the Tip

Celebrity super chef Mario Batali is the target of a new, meaty lawsuit -- in which former employees from one of his Los Angeles restaurants claim the "Iron Chef" screwed them out of serious tip… READ MORE >

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