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March 8, 2012 | Bloomberg News
Mario Batali, the celebrity TV chef and owner of a string of restaurants, is often seen with actress Gwyneth Paltrow, taste-testing the culinary delights of Spain in their public television series "On the Road Again. " Batali took a detour, through his lawyers, to New York federal court in Manhattan, where he was sued and accused of cheating workers of part of their tips for serving wine. He and his associate Joseph Bastianich agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle the class-action lawsuit, according to court papers.
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November 26, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Mario Batali is taking no chances when it comes to his trademark orange Crocs: The celebrity chef has stocked up on them in doomsday-prepper numbers. We're not exaggerating. To start with, Batali told Details recently, he has "probably 30" pairs of the rubbery footwear in his closet already. But disaster struck: The company announced it was discontinuing the bright orange hue that's become the chef's calling card. Batali, who says he's no yeller in the kitchen, didn't take the news well.
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FOOD
March 29, 2006 | Leslie Brenner, Times Staff Writer
COULD it be a culinary case of the seven-year itch? New York City's love affair with Mario Batali began in 1998 when Batali opened his flagship restaurant off Washington Square, Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca. The bond strengthened and deepened as the chef opened a string of six other Manhattan hotspots and an Italian wine shop. But now this romance has hit a bit of a snag.
NEWS
April 4, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
National Grilled Cheese day is just around the corner, and to celebrate, The Melt restaurant is giving away 10,000 grilled cheese sandwiches. We're picturing mountains of grilled bread and hot, melty cheese being tossed to hungry mobs of people wearing napkin bibs holding Thermoses of tomato soup.  In actuality, it should be a little more civil. The San Francisco-based grilled-cheese-centric chain is giving the first 10,000 people who sign up at eatcheese.com a code to receive a free melt.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 2010 | By Rene Lynch
White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford knows about all about cooking under pressure. After all, she cooks for the leader of the free world. (First under George W. Bush, now under Barack Obama.) So she said she wasn't all that unnerved by entering Kitchen Stadium for a special two-hour episode of the Food Network's cooking competition "Iron Chef America," which will air at 8 p.m. Sunday. "Kitchen Stadium and the White House, they're both immensely intense in terms of pressure," Comerford said.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2009 | Andrea Chang
The gig: Celebrity chef, restaurateur and television personality known for his fresh take on traditional Italian fare and his penchant for wearing orange Crocs. Mario Batali co-owns 15 restaurants in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York, including L.A. hot spots Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza, which he opened with business partners Nancy Silverton and Joe Bastianich. The ponytailed chef, who can be seen on the Food Network's "Iron Chef America" and other television programs, also touts a line of products including cookbooks and kitchenware.
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October 14, 2007 | Adam Tschorn
YOU'VE eaten at the Osteria and have Mozza on speed dial. You've bought the orange cookware and the Crocs. Now there's a new item on Mario Batali's menu: a Swiss watch. The Ernst Benz Mario Batali Chronoscope has a watch face that's grooved like an LP, a reference to the celebrity chef's love of rock 'n' roll. The numerals, sweep-hand and watch band stitching are all orange, which any Batali fan worth his Maldon salt recognizes as the chef's favorite color.
FOOD
April 24, 2002 | Angela Pettera
TODAY Winemaker Dinner: Patz & Hall wines such as Dutton Ranch, Bonny Doon, Hyde Vineyard and Alder Springs are poured at this five-course dinner. Roasted squab with butternut squash cannelloni is the main course. 7 p.m. Four Seasons Hotel, 300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A. (310) 273-2222. $125. THURSDAY Spring Menu: Chef Jennifer Naylor teaches how to make grilled artichoke hearts and tuna tapenade, seared scallops, spiedino of lamb, Provencal tomatoes and fleur de creme.
NEWS
February 18, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Chef Brian Malarkey , a judge on ABC's new cooking competition show "The Taste," has five restaurants in San Diego: Searsucker , Burlap , Gabardine , Gingham and Herringbone . Malarkey, who will lead a cooking demonstration Saturday at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show , shared his favorite food hangouts when he travels to these five cities: Portland, Ore.: Pok Pok and Clyde Common are two of my favorite...
FOOD
April 5, 2006
AS a former fan of Mario Batali, I was appalled to read of his attitude and the "house rules" at Del Posto ("Where Has the Love Gone?" March 29). If my memory serves me correctly, don't the patrons of an establishment have the right to decide when they can order their food? Having been in the food service industry for nearly 30 years, I'm well aware that certain meal courses must be properly timed. But based on Batali's comment -- "I'd rather have a restaurant with attitude than just say 'let's make people happy' " -- I'm inclined to believe such an attitude has nothing to do with being in the service industry and everything to do with stroking his ego and padding his pockets.
NEWS
April 4, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Via Nowness.com , I came across a beautiful little (three-minute-plus) film about Chi Spacca , ("cleaver") the new Mario Batali et al restaurant next door to Osteria Mozza  on Melrose Avenue. If you haven't been, go. This is a restaurant where  Chad Colby, who's responsible for all those fabulous family-style pig dinners at Scuola di Pizza, showcases his meticulous salumi and everything he's learned about the art of whole animal butchery. The film begins with the sound of a knife being sharpened.
NEWS
February 18, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Chef Brian Malarkey , a judge on ABC's new cooking competition show "The Taste," has five restaurants in San Diego: Searsucker , Burlap , Gabardine , Gingham and Herringbone . Malarkey, who will lead a cooking demonstration Saturday at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show , shared his favorite food hangouts when he travels to these five cities: Portland, Ore.: Pok Pok and Clyde Common are two of my favorite...
FOOD
December 15, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
You can use your iPhone or iPad to watch movies, listen to music, text and surf the Internet. But special, surprisingly inexpensive apps make them nifty environments for learning or upgrading cooking skills. I've bought or borrowed quite a few culinary apps - some terrific, some boring, some duds. The best are full-on apps, with hours of video included. Others are more like enhanced books, but even those include tricks such as dumping all the ingredients for a recipe into a shopping basket with the click of a button.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2012 | Bloomberg News
Mario Batali, the celebrity TV chef and owner of a string of restaurants, is often seen with actress Gwyneth Paltrow, taste-testing the culinary delights of Spain in their public television series "On the Road Again. " Batali took a detour, through his lawyers, to New York federal court in Manhattan, where he was sued and accused of cheating workers of part of their tips for serving wine. He and his associate Joseph Bastianich agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle the class-action lawsuit, according to court papers.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
Mario Batali, the pony-tailed celebrity chef and Los Angeles restaurant owner, has agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle the class-action lawsuit in which he was accused of bilking servers out of part of their tips, according to a Bloomberg News report . Batali, who is frequently seen on television and touts a line of products including cookbooks and kitchenware, was sued in a New York federal court along with his business partner Joseph Bastianich,...
NEWS
January 27, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
On the heels of the Paula Deen debacle comes a new show from the Food Network: "Fat Chef. " No euphemisms allowed here, apparently. The new reality series, which debuted this week in an incredible feat of good timing, features obese chefs who need and want to drop a considerable amount of weight, and do so -- or try to do so -- with the help of a trainer. Unlike you and me, for these people food is their life -- literally. They're preparing it, cooking it and tasting it for most of the day because their jobs depend on it. With long, stressful days being the norm for many chefs, finding time to exercise is sometimes next to impossible.
NEWS
April 4, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
National Grilled Cheese day is just around the corner, and to celebrate, The Melt restaurant is giving away 10,000 grilled cheese sandwiches. We're picturing mountains of grilled bread and hot, melty cheese being tossed to hungry mobs of people wearing napkin bibs holding Thermoses of tomato soup.  In actuality, it should be a little more civil. The San Francisco-based grilled-cheese-centric chain is giving the first 10,000 people who sign up at eatcheese.com a code to receive a free melt.
FOOD
November 8, 2006 | Russ Parsons, Times Staff Writer
MOZZA, the hotly anticipated pizzeria owned by Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton and Joe Bastianich, is still a week from opening, but apparently some sausage fans couldn't wait. Late on Oct. 28, someone broke into the restaurant and walked away with $700 of hand-crafted cured meats made by Batali's father, Armandino, at his Seattle business, Salumi. Then just two days later, a 13-pound imported Italian mortadella sausage also disappeared.
FOOD
December 30, 2010 | By Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times
How's this for a slice of irony? Mario Batali, dressed in a suit, no orange Crocs in sight, is seated at a gleaming restaurant counter in a Manhattan eatery, haranguing a chef who works for him: "In a down economy, green doesn't play," Batali insists as part of a profanity-laden rant. "People don't give a damn where their hamburger comes from as long as it tastes good. " It's the last thing anyone would expect to hear from the ambassador of Italian cuisine, a man who wholeheartedly endorses the eating local philosophy.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 2010 | By Rene Lynch
White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford knows about all about cooking under pressure. After all, she cooks for the leader of the free world. (First under George W. Bush, now under Barack Obama.) So she said she wasn't all that unnerved by entering Kitchen Stadium for a special two-hour episode of the Food Network's cooking competition "Iron Chef America," which will air at 8 p.m. Sunday. "Kitchen Stadium and the White House, they're both immensely intense in terms of pressure," Comerford said.
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