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Batali on Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon

Anybody catch Mario on Late Night, Monday? I hadn't seen him recently. He looks like he's lost at least a hundred pounds. Pretty amazing transformation. Wonder if he'll write a book about it.

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    1. re: LJBTampa

      thanks for posting the clip, he does look much better. very happy to see that!

    2. Wow! he didn't do that eating lardo!

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      1. re: roxlet

        According to Mark Bittman Mario has lost the weight the same way Bittman did and that is to eat as a vegan until dinner. Bittman hasn't given up eating anything and I'd bet Mario hasn't either.

      2. I couldn't keep my eyes off that cookware! I thought that sautee pan was great, anyone use his line?

        1. I just saw Mario Batali about 2:45pm today, at The Palazzo in Las Vegas. He's seemingly lost ALOT of weight, or we've all been fooled by the "camera adds 20+ lbs" line. He's about 5'9 or so, and looked maybe 210 lbs. A bit of a gut, but not bad at all. He was very gracious and accomodating to everyone who wanted photos (wish I was one, had to scoot off to work @ 3pm!)

          1. I spent most of the segment thinking the same thing I always think when Mario's on the show: "Mario and Jimmy Fallon are best buds who hang out and go traveling together? How did THAT happen?" That to me is weirder than the fact that Bob Newhart and Don Rickles are lifelong pals....

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            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

              When Mario did a pizza tasting for NY Magazine he took Jimmy Fallon and Mark Lardner along for the ride.

            2. Good for him for losing the weight. But add odd story about cooking in the hotel room in Ireland.

              But have to say that the dish did not look to enticing.

              1. Saw him about a month ago in Charleston SC (wonder why he was *there*) and he definitely looked thinner and healthy.

                1. just a thought, maybe he's also laid off some of the vino since the "incident."

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                  1. re: alkapal

                    Oh! Do tell!! How have I missed out on this ...?

                    1. re: LulusMom

                      his "reportedly" drunken south beach curse-fest (i wasn't there, so i don't know the "facts.").

                      and the tidbit at the end of this article is new to me! http://www.miamiherald.com/277/story/...

                      1. re: alkapal

                        Fantasic. thanks so much for posting that. How on earth did I miss it the first time around??

                        1. re: LulusMom

                          lulu's mom, maybe you missed this story because you avoid unedifying media stories about human predelictions. ;-).

                          me? i had respected batali as a chef and he seemed to be a neat person, and just became disillusioned when his poor behavior came to light. anyway, there was a whole chowhound thread about this where people debated (huh? imagine that?!) the merits or demerits of batali's behavior. i'm not intending to resurrect that argument here, though.

                          1. re: alkapal

                            Pre-Lulu I *never* would have missed this kind of thing. Oh the things we give up for motherhood!

                  2. That was funny. Reminds me how much I wish Mario was still cooking on TV. That dish was simple but probably extremely good - the essence of Italian cuisine. And he does look thinner.

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                    1. re: joeyz

                      I thought it looked great too! I am going to try that technique next time I make saltenbocca - which I know I must have misspelled.

                    2. http://nymag.com/daily/food/2009/04/a...

                      • Ouch: Gwyneth Paltrow has given Mario Batali a free membership at her friend's gym because "Mario is the only fat friend she has, and wants him to change." [NYP]

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                      1. re: joeyz

                        Mario has already said this story is a complete fabrication.