Mario Batali is an American chef, writer, restaurateur and media personality. Mario moved to Spain with his family in 1975 and returned to the U.S. in 1978 to attend Rutgers University. There, he double majored in Spanish Language, Theatre and Economics, graduating in 1982. He later went to attend Le Cordon Bleu, though he left both because he found the pace too slow and that the best way for him to learn was in a professional kitchen.
Mario currently lives in New York City with his wife Susi Cahn and two sons, Leo and Benno.