Introducing Food & Wine Chefs-in-Residence. In honor of our 2014 redesign, we enlisted star chefs Grant Achatz (above), Mario Batali, Eric Ripert, David Chang, Andrew Zimmern and Hugh Acheson to consult on monthly features, recipes and travel tips. They have brilliant ideas, but don’t always make great office mates. For full videos visit

Here is a sneak peek of 8 Lessons For Innovation And Success From Chef Mario Batali

Famed restaurateur and chef Mario Batali took the stage with Fast Company Editorial Director Tyler Gray at our Innovation Uncensored event last week in New York.

Batali shares some of the business lessons he’s learned over the years, especially now as expands his restaurant Babbo in the east, his Mozza Restaurant Group in the west, and his Italian market Eataly in Chicago, London, and other cities.

Here are a few snippets from the conversation:

On Nurturing Talent: "We don’t hire executive chefs ever. We hire line cooks and prep cooks and wine waiters and busboys and waiters–and they become chefs and sous chefs and sommeliers and general managers and service directors.“

On What His Approach To Italian Cooking & Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos Taco Have In Common: "Sometimes renovation is innovation.”

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On Success: "If I were going to whisper something into my younger self, I would just say, ‘Keep your head down, work hard, and listen to whosever is ahead of you because you’re going to learn something from them.’ And that’s kinda what I did.’“

You can find all 8 tips here or listen to the audio of the full interview here.

[Photos by Nicky Digital]

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Over-the-Top Dessert: While walking in Galicia with Gwyneth Paltrow, star chef Mario Batali spotted a bush full of ripe blackberries, his “favorite fruit in life,” and recalled filling the back of his parents’ station wagon with buckets of blackberries when he was growing up in Seattle. After getting his mother, Marilyn, to e-mail him her recipe, Mario prepared this luscious pie.

Recipe: Marilyn Batali’s Blackberry Pie
Please consider supporting Autistic people via organizations other than Autism Speaks : An open letter to Iron Chef America's Michael Symon, Mario Batali and Masaharu Morimoto

Dear Iron Chefs Symon, Batali and Morimoto, I would like to ask you to consider expanding your charity work in support of Autistic people to include organizations other than Autism Speaks. I’m writ…


Nic Jammet has jet lag, and for good reason - he just got back from a trip to Milan with Michelle Obama and other thought leaders in the food space. Michelle Obama recently selected our co-CEO and co-founder Nic to be one of the 8 members of the Presidential Delegation to join her in Milan and represent the U.S.’s commitment to a healthier nation and world.

Nic joined urban farmer Will Allen, chefs Mario Batali and Carla Hall, NBA All-Star and member of the President’s Council, Alonzo Mourning, President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, and of course, Michelle Obama on the trip, where the USA Pavilion presented our nation’s idea: “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet.”

At the pavilion, the First Lady said: “I know that I, for one, long after I leave the office of First Lady, I’m going to continue to work on these issues because our children deserve better. And we can do better, we can - we have seen it here.”

We are so proud that sweetgreen is not only part of the world’s food revolution, but also recognized by POTUS and FLOTUS, who regularly eat sweetgreen food. Thank you to Michelle Obama for bringing us along - it was an awesome experience. Stay tuned for Nic’s learnings from his trip.

The @FoodNetwork needs to hear from ‪#‎BoycottAutismSpeaks‬! As we shared yesterday, Sonnolenta: A Neurodivergent Journey wrote a heartfelt letter to several network chefs involved in raising funds for $peaks. We are asking you to reach out to the Food Network on Twitter:

and Facebook: Food Network

You can read about the chefs’ recent event raising $1.6 million for A$ here:

And read the original plea from Sonnolenta titled

“Please consider supporting Autistic people via organizations other than Autism Speaks : An open letter to Iron Chef America’s Michael Symon, Mario Batali and Masaharu Morimoto”


Image Description: White background with a black Food Network logo at the top left. Text reads: If you truly care about Autistic people and the larger Autism community, then you will learn why we #BoycottAutismSpeaks

Please support legitimately helpful Autism organizations instead such as: AWN Autism Women’s Network (logo with three pink butterflies) ASAN Autistic Self Advocacy Network (logo with rainbow design)

Birthdays 9.19

Beer Birthdays

  • Coletta Möritz (1860)
  • Esmond Bulmer; cider maker (1935)
  • Jim Dorsch (1951)
  • Keith Lemcke (1959)
  • Ken Kelley (1960)
  • Justin Crossley (1982)

Five Favorite Birthdays

  • William Golding; English writer (1911)
  • Jeremy Irons; English actor (1948)
  • David McCallum; actor (1933)
  • Arthur Rackham; English illustrator, artist (1867)
  • Adam West; actor (1928)

Famous Birthdays

  • Mario Batali; chef (1960)
  • David Bromberg; musician, singer, songwriter (1945)
  • Helen Carter; country singer (1927)
  • Jack Dunham; animator (1910)
  • “Mama” Cass Elliot; singer (1943)
  • Brian Epstein; Beatles manager (1934)
  • Jimmy Fallon; comedian, actor (1974)
  • Frances Farmer; actor (1913)
  • Lita Ford; rock guitarist, singer (1958)
  • Henry Arthur Jones; English writer (1851)
  • William Hesketh Lever; soap-maker (1851)
  • James Lipton; actor, television host (1926)
  • Joan Lunden; television journalist (1950)
  • Joe Morgan; Houston Astros 2B (1943)
  • Soledad O'Brien; television journalist (1966)
  • Freda Payne; pop singer (1942)
  • Louis F. Powell Jr.; U.S. Supreme Court justice (1907)
  • Amber Rayne; porn actor (1984)
  • Faye Reagan; porn actor (1988)
  • Nile Rogers; rock musician (1952)
  • Victoria Silvstedt; Swedish actor (1974)
  • Duke Snider; Brooklyn/L.A. Dodgers CF (1926)
  • Twiggy; English model (1949)
  • Paul Williams; songwriter (1940)
  • Trisha Yearwood; country singer (1964)
  • Richard Zsigmondy; Austrian-Hungarian chemist (1865)