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Sep 5, 2007 12:52 PM

Batali got the boot (from FN)

Anybody hear more about Mario Batali being let go from Food Network? I read that they canceled his shows and he in turn quit Iron Chef. Any news on what he's going to do in the celebrichef world? Moving to another network?

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  1. Heard that he is doing a show for PBS with Gwyneth Paltrow. They will be touring Spain and exploring Spanish cuisine.

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    1. re: gillyweed

      That sounds like the beginning to a joke... is that the beginning to a joke?

      1. re: krez

        Alas, no. She doesn't eat meat, so it's probably going to be one of those "how will Gwyneth survive in the land of meat."

          1. re: kare_raisu

            THIS RUMOR IS FALSE. He's still on Iron Chef America. Molto Mario is still being rerun.

            Here's a topic on Batali's response to the rumor:


            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              It's difficult to know what's true since the news networks are just reporting what other news outlets have said. But it sounds like FN is pulling Motlo Mario off the air and he is moving his new prodution to PBS. And he's scheduled to shoot at least two more episodes of Iron Chef. So the rumor seems to be sorta true. Although it sounds like the Post exaggerated (not a surprise).

              From FN spokesperson Carrri Welch in a UPI article, "We completely blessed his decision to go to PBS and he is still going to appear on 'Iron Chef America.'"

              From Mario Batali in a TV Guide interview, ""Iā€™m taping two episodes of Iron Chef America in a few weeks."

              After those two episodes it'll be interesting to see what happens. But it sounds like we'll be seeing Batali on FN for some time to come since they shoot those shows well before they actually air.

        1. re: krez

          "That sounds like the beginning to a joke... is that the beginning to a joke?"

          I swear, I thought the same thing when I read that. Funny...

          1. re: flourgirl

            Me too. I think he was one of the last people with integrity on the network, and that seems to suggest he finally snapped too, so I thought it was a joke for sure.

        2. re: gillyweed

          Gwyneth Paltrow, except when pregnant, follows a macrobiotic diet. How does she get to be a on food show with Mario Batali??? That's like Ferran Adria asking Rachel Ray for recipe ideas.

          1. re: maisonbistro

            Food Network, wtf were you thinking???

            I have no idea what Paltrow has invested in this venture (other than being one of those obnoxious Hollywierd people who, once having spawned, think they have invented parenthood...). I was a vegetarian for 20 years and a vegan for part of that and even *I* find a micro biotic diet bizarre.

            I will miss Mario's passion and skill.

            FN: Kindly take notice I own a newfangled gadget called a "remote" and I don't need to view your Food Lite cast of characters.

          2. re: gillyweed

            IMO, FN is a laughable, embarassing, exceedingly commercial, food-lite network, and Batali, seemingly a very serious chef, should have been off there years ago. hopefully he'll get on some PBS station, like Jacques and Lydia.

          3. whaaaaat????? you're kidding, right? i knew they were looking for a new iron chef, but i thought they just wanted to add another one to the arsenal...

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            1. I like the idea of Mario doing a show about Spain. What I don't like is the idea of him doing it with Gwyneth Paltrow. Never liked her or found her appealing in any way and about as interesting as Styrofoam...with Styrofoam being the one I would rather watch.


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              1. re: Withnail42

                No matter what people think of Mario Batali and his many extremely lucrative career moves, there is just no denying that he consistently recreates regional Italian cuisine that is accessible to the masses. All of his cookbooks with the exception of The Babbo cookbook (and even that is not that difficult) are easy to use with great results. I say it's the FTV's loss. There has been new "management" there the last few years and IMO the programming has been seriously slipping. Better for Mario that he gets out now. He'll be great in Spain and Gwyneth will bring in the non-foodie viewers. Smart move for PBS.

                1. re: cecibean

                  i'm a huge batali fan, and i absolutely adore spanish cuisine & culture...but gwyneth paltrow happens to be one of my top pet peeves of all time. can someone please tell me what people find appealing about her? i don't know why she just irks me so much, but she's reason enough for me NOT to watch batali's new show. bummer.

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    She annoys me because she appears souless. And utterly boring.

              2. As I replied to the other thread about Mario....his new venture is a night of corporate wonderment entitled, "Magic, Martinis and Mario." A la Toby Robbins, I presume.

                The fine living channel is reruning repeats of Molto Mario around the noon hour in the Boston area.

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                1. re: Gio

                  mercifully, that MMM show is not the only one in the works (yuck!)
                  I also heard about the Spain/PBS show referred to above - I doubt Paltrow is a major part of it

                  FN is out of their minds to let Batali go. Molto Mario is the best show they ever did, and he's the best Iron Chef...

                  1. re: pitu

                    Agree...FN IS out of their minds to let him go...Idiots...And Gwyneth on a food show? My God, does that girl even eat?

                    1. re: pitu

                      He was definitely the best on Iron Chef America. I still like Bobby though.

                  2. RIP... Food Network. Batali was the last serious chef I really liked in their roster. Some are just okay like Flay, Emeril & Alton and then there are the real jokes like Paula Dean, Sandra Lee, 30 minute girl & the worst of all the short girl with the big head who thinks she is Italian.

                    Bye Bye

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                    1. re: Eat_Nopal

                      Paula Deen - now there's someone I don't get. Just what does she have to do with cooking?
                      She's going to be appearing at the State Fair here next month and they'll be charging $20 a head to see her. That's as much as they charge for the hottest chart-topping country star. WTF? I bet people will be flocking to see her, though.

                      1. re: rockycat

                        I think the thing with Paula Deen is that she is entertaining and makes food that is accessible too middle america and the home cook. I will go on later about what I see happening with FN

                        1. re: iguanachef

                          Might I amend that statement to: I think the thing with Paula Deen is that she is entertaining and makes food that is accessible to middle america and the home cook who are underweight and whose cholesterol levels are distressingly low.

                        2. re: rockycat

                          As a follow up to "people will be flocking to see her" -
                          She came withing 100 seats of selling out within the first 24 hours of ticket sales. Can I get the butter and mayo concessions for that show?

                          1. re: Eat_Nopal

                            I have to agree with you. Just caught this comment. I miss Emeril after the national news, shocked when they took him off beginning of Dec.. At least there was laughter and music. Sandra Lee is okey, but a little stiff-fashion gal type. Paula Dean is too loud. Her receipes are great unless you cook for just a few. The grocery bills would slay you for one receipe. The ones that bore me to death are the cleavage girls. I think when they are preparing dishes, they do not have to have the low cut garbs on. I always try to figure out are they impressing the women and men of course with their great receipes or are they showing off their figures. I think there is a time and place for the cut down tops. Anyhow, maybe I am just getting older and came from the old school. I want to see the food prepared with dignity, ha.