Mario Batali is a culinary school dropout who reigns as America?s king of Italian cuisine. From his training and cooking style ? to his signature orange clogs and shorts attire, Mario is anything but conventional. He created his own path that ultimately paved his way to culinary and television stardom. Today, Mario?s not only building an empire as the larger-than-life chef who cooks like an Italian grandmother, but is also using his celebrity, profits and cooking talent to benefit New Yorkers.