Mario Batali, Food & Wine Magazine: Help Get Rid Of The Ponytail

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

Mario Batali is getting rid of half of what's made him famous. No, we wish the Crayola-colored Crocs would go. Instead, the chef/restaurateur and host of our favorite show, The Chew, has agreed to lop off his ponytail -- if the price is right!

Apparently, the price is a cool half a mil, because that's what Food & Wine Magazine claims it's going to take to get Batali to undergo a pair of barber's shears.

Batali has joined forces with nine other formidable chefs to help raise

funds and awareness for their favorite charities through the magazine's

Chefs Make Change campaign.

Batali plans to raise $500,000 for his Mario Batali Foundation, which helps feed kids in need.  Other chefs participating in Chefs Make Change include:

Jose Andres (World Central Kitchen)

Dan Barber (Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture)

Rick Bayless (Frontera Farmer Foundation)

Cat Cora (Chefs For Humanity)

Emeril Lagasse (Emeril Lagasse Foundation)

Michel Mischan (Wholesome Wave)

Art Smith (Common Threads)

Bill Telepan (Wellness in the Schools)

Food & Wine Hopes to raise one million dollars through this

program. If you would like to donate to any of the charities (Common

Threads, by the way has an active south Florida chapter), you can do so

by visiting Food & Wine's Facebook page.

Follow Clean Plate Charlie on Facebook and on Twitter: @CleanPlateBPB.

Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.