Mario Batali is one of the most recognizable chefs today he has his iconic orange Crocs and his face is all over cooking channels, he is an American chef, author, television personality, and restaurateur. Batali was born in Seattle, Washington on September 19, 1960 and is 57 years old. Batali developed his love for cooking while being brought up around accomplished home cooks in his family, especially during visits to his grandmother’s house in his hometown Seattle, where he was absorbed in traditional Italian home cooking. Mario went on to attended high school in Madrid and studied the Spanish theater at Rutgers University and worked as a cook at Stuff Yer Face, a college restaurant. Soon after graduating, in London Mario enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu, his first official culinary training. But after a few months, he dropped out to apprentice with Marco Pierre White, a famous chef as well. Batali would go on to work in dozens kitchen throughout Europe and in the United States before he moved to a small northern Italian village, where he would stay and work for three years learning all about Italian cuisine. Mario learned the essential skills of Italian cuisine to return to the US and eventually open his own restaurant establishment and would go on to change how americans viewed ond consumed Italian cuisine.Batali would later go on to meet restaurateur Joe Bastianich with whom he began a life long partnership with. The two opened Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, Batali’s most famous restaurant in New York City, which was named the best new American restaurant of 1998 by the James Beard Foundation. They would go on to open more than a dozen additional restaurants around the world. Mario’s list of establishments include 10 restaurants in New York, , 4 restaurants in California, 4 restaurants in Las Vegas, 2 restaurants in Singapore, 2 Italian markets in New York, 2 restaurants in Connecticut and 1 Italian market in Chicago. Among this success in the culinary world Batali has written 11 cookbooks which have been best sellers and has had a handful of cooking shows which include Molto Mario, Mediterranean Mario, Mario Eats Italy, Ciao America with Chef Mario Batali, Spain… on the road Again, and The Chew. mario stuck out as a TV personality because of deep knowledge of italian cooking and culture, his quick wit and charming personality, great cooking skills, and his iconic look. Batali’s appearance is made up of his long red hair in a ponytail and he is almost always wearing shorts and bright orange crocs, this helped him stand out when culinary television personalities were becoming more prominent with the popularization of food-based Television shows. Among his many accomplishments, Mario was named “Man of the Year” by GQ Magazine in the chef category in 1999. In 2002, he won the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef: New York City” award, and the James Beard Foundation awarded Mario the designation “Outstanding Chef of the Year” in 2005. Mario was also received the D’Artagnan Cervena “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America,” in 2001, a distinguished culinary lifetime achievement award.