July 26th, 2013
10:30 AM ET
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Mario Batali says 20 percent is a standard tip. Eric Ripert is a fan of the easy math on that, and Anthony Bourdain considers it a "sin" to take kitchen mistakes out on the floor staff's tip.

(Our pal The Bitchy Waiter agrees wholeheartedly.)

The key to good service, Batali says, is to approach the staff with an attitude of: "I'm here to have a good time, and you can help me."
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July 25th, 2013
07:15 PM ET
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Coming up this evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Live" sets the table with another fascinating – and in many way delicious – edition of "Guest Host Week," as celebrity chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain writes his own menu, and as always, candor and humor are the specials of the day.

Joined by his colleagues, fellow chef's Eric Ripert and Mario Batali, the dinner conversation turns to, of all things, "The Biebs":
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Mario Batali predicts 2013 food and drink trends
January 4th, 2013
03:00 PM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

It’s the big question: What foods are going to top the 2013 hit list?

Earlier I had some ideas - namely rabbit, tricked-out tacos and reinvented spring break cocktails. But not everyone sees the future in Sex on the Beach shots.

I turned to my favorite superhero, chef Mario Batali, who had genius thoughts on the food and wine you should go for in 2013. Super veggies, he says! Lesser known wine varietals!

Here’s what Mario Batali says people will be eating.
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April 20th, 2012
11:15 AM ET
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On Gordon Ramsay, Mario Batali says, "He's a good yeller." Watch the video to find out what our favorite red-headed, Crocs-wearing, seasonally eating chef had to say about hot heads prevailing in the kitchen.
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Batali vs bankers in dust-up over "Hitler" remarks
November 10th, 2011
11:45 AM ET
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Celebrity chef Mario Batali’s recent remarks comparing bankers to “Stalin or Hitler and the evil guys” have landed him in hot pappardelle with the clientele of some of his high-end restaurants.

While participating on a Time Magazine Person of the Year panel along with NBC anchor Brian Williams, comedian Seth Meyers and taxpayer advocate Grover Norquist, Batali was asked by the moderator, Time's managing editor Richard Stengel who he would choose for that distinction.

After citing his admiration for Steve Jobs and food activist Michael Pollan, Batali went on to condemn the banking industry for what he characterized as their negative effect on a global scale saying, "So the ways the bankers have kind of toppled the way money is distributed and taken most of it into their hands is as good as Stalin or Hitler and the evil guys. They’re not heroes, they're just people that had a really huge effect on the way the world is operating."
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July 18th, 2011
01:45 PM ET
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"I will never say, 'That's it! We're perfect!'" ever-exuberant chef and restaurateur Mario Batali tells CNN Money. "The first day you think you're done as a chef, you might as well write 'a*****e' across your forehead."

Previously: Scorpacciata – Mario Batali explains it all and Batali in Italian food fight? Not quite.

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July 7th, 2011
10:45 AM ET
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After opening its doors last year, Eataly has become Manhattan’s newest attraction for Italian food fanatics. However, the gleaming marketplace hasn’t left New York’s historic Little Italy district with empty tables. Both Italian pasta havens are known for serving up authentic Italian food, but the different dining experiences keeps the dough rolling for everyone.

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Lunchtime poll - chefs with issues
October 1st, 2010
01:15 PM ET
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Top Chef's Tom Colicchio spoke to Congress on behalf of school lunch reform - also a pet issue of Chef Alice Waters.

Chef Nathalie Dupree is running for the South Carolina U.S. Senate seat.

Chef Rick Moonen is speaking out against the FDA's potential approval of genetically modified salmon.

Chefs are a notoriously opinionated, outspoken lot. Do you care what they have to say on issues other than cooking?

Read our series Chefs with Issues to see what some of your favorite toques have to say about childhood obesity, the importance of understanding where your food comes from and why GMO salmon might threaten our aquacultures.

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A new breed of butcher touts "vegetable stimulus"
September 29th, 2010
04:00 PM ET
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Editor's note: all week, CNN Newsroom, Rick's List and Eatocracy are teaming up to take a look the effects our dining choices have on our minds, bodies and wallets. Tune into CNN Newsroom daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET for on-air coverage and join in the discussion here on Eatocracy. ALL COVERAGE

Jessica Yellin is a CNN national political correspondent based in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Rubell might be the world’s first vegetable butcher.

She slices and dices vegetables, shares cooking tips and generally promotes vegetable consumption at Eataly, celebrity Chef Mario Batali's new Italian food emporium in New York City. Catch her during the noon bustle and you’ll hear her extol the virtues of celery root, watermelon radish, or baby beets and as she chops to customers specifications advising them, "Toss with olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper. Fantastic!"

"In the vegetable butcher area, we try not to give people recipes; we try to give people an approach to cooking," says Rubell.

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