Today, celebrity chef and restauranteur Mario Batali turns 52. Born on Sept. 19, 1960 in Seattle, Washington to parents of Italian and French Canadian descent, Batali is one of the most successful chefs in the culinary industry. He built his empire on the concept of cooking up simple yet delicious Italian dishes.
By the age of 27, Batali had quickly worked his way from dishwasher up the food chain, scoring a spot as the highest-paid young chef at the Four Seasons hotel empire. His laid-back, charming personality and atrocious fashion wear scored him a nice television and international fame. With his current operation of 16 restaurants in cities from New York City to Singapore, to penning cooking books, and giving back to the community through charitable efforts, the ginger-haired New York City resident and father of two boasts a serious fortune found through his love of food.