“The Chew” co-host and restaurateur Mario Batali celebrated his 56th birthday with his family and friends at the famed Inn at Little Washington on Monday night. Because he is a culinary VIP (remember that show he had with Gwyneth Paltrow?), Batali and Co., including wife Susi, kicked the night off with canapes and cocktails in the kitchen with the Inn’s owner, chef Patrick O’Connell.
The group then sat down to an eight-course custom menu fit for a foodie that included mousse of foie gras in a golden eggshell and “pepper crusted tuna pretending to be a filet mignon,” among other mouth-watering tongue-twisters. The meal was capped with the Inn’s version of the “sunshine” cake that Batali’s wife bakes for him every year. The added flair? Pastry chef Iain Jones added an edible pair of Batali’s signature orange crocs (and yes, he was wearing them Monday) made of marzipan.
Batali is rumored to be the celebrity guest chef for the state dinner in honor of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi next month. Monday night, during their trip to New York, the Obamas dined at the Mexican restaurant Cosme, which Batali recently featured on “The Chew.”