Peter Gray
Mario Batali: chef, movie star
Mario Batali: chef, movie star

How's this for a slice of irony? Mario Batali, dressed in a suit, no orange Crocs in sight, is seated at a gleaming restaurant counter in a Manhattan eatery, haranguing a chef who works for him: "In a down economy, green doesn't play," Batali insists as part of a profanity-laden rant. "People don't give a damn where their hamburger comes from as long as it tastes good." It's the last thing anyone would expect to hear from the ambassador of Italian cuisine, a man who wholeheartedly endorses the eating local philosophy. But according to Batali, that was part of the fun in playing the role of an angry businessman named Gordon in the low-budget satirical...