Mario Batali, Owner
A Seattle-bred, New York-based restaurateur, cookbook author, and television personality, Mario Batali is known for his signature style-brazen meets sophisticated, forward meets enduring. In 2002, Mario was awarded the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef: New York City prize; in 2005, JBF named him Outstanding Chef of the Year; and in 2008, Mario and Joe Bastianich were named Outstanding Restaurateurs of the year. The New York Times Bestselling author of nine cookbooks, Mario appears daily on ABC's "The Chew," a daytime talk show on ABC that celebrates and explores life through food. Mario splits his time between New York City's Greenwich Village and northern Michigan with his wife, Susan Cahn, and their two sons, Benno and Leo.
Joe Bastianich, Owner
Restaurateur-winemaker Joe Bastianich, along with partners Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali, operates three wineries in Italy, as well over two dozen successful restaurants worldwide, including Babbo and Del Posto in NYC, Pizzeria and Osteria Mozza in L.A. and Singapore, as well as Carnevino in Las Vegas and Hong Kong. He has co-authored two award winning books on Italian wine, and in its first week of release in May of 2012, Joe's highly anticipated memoir, Restaurant Man, became a New York Times Best Seller. He is currently a judge on FOX's reality TV hit, MasterChef, with Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot, as well as Sky's MasterChef Italia with fellow judges Carlo Cracco and Bruno Barbieri.
Lidia Bastianich, Owner
Lidia Bastianich is one of the best-loved chefs on television, a best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Lidia has married her two passions in life-her family and food, to create multiple culinary endeavors alongside her two children, Joseph and Tanya. Lidia was Nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Culinary Host for her public television program, Lidia's Italy, in 2013.
Lidia's cookbooks include Lidia's Favorite Recipes, Lidia's Italy in America, Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy, and Lidia's Italy - all companion books to the three-time Emmy-nominated television series Lidia's Italy in America and Lidia's Italy. Lidia has also published Lidia's Family Table, Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen, Lidia's Italian Table and La Cucina di Lidia.
Lidia is the chef/owner of four acclaimed New York City restaurants - Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto, as well as Lidia's Pittsburgh and Lidia's Kansas City. She is also founder and president of Tavola Productions, an entertainment company that produces high-quality broadcast productions. Along with her son, Joe Bastianich, Mario Batali, and Oscar Farinetti, the team opened Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in New York City. Lidia also has a line of pastas and all natural sauces called LIDIA'S, and has just recently launched an exclusive line of ready- made homestyle meals with Whole Foods Market in the Northeast.
Lidia's first children's book, Nonna Tell Me a Story: Lidia's Christmas Kitchen, was inspired by her five grandchildren. The second installation in the series, Lidia's Family Kitchen: Nonna's Birthday Surprise, was released in the spring of 2013. Lidia gives freely of her time and knowledge, and is active member of society who participates in community service activities and special events on behalf of several foundations and Public Television.
Mark Ladner, Executive Chef
Mark Ladner opened Del Posto with Mario, Joe and Lidia in the fall of 2005. The restaurant received a four-star New York Times review in 2010 and was recently honored with a Michelin star, the Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef distinction, The Grand Award from The Wine Spectator and the Five Diamond from AAA.
Chef Ladner's education began in Cambridge, MA at independently owned and operated pizza counters, followed by formal culinary schooling at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. He moved to NYC in the early 90's and worked with several well-regarded restaurateurs, before meeting Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich and opening Babbo Ristorante as Sous Chef in 1998. Ladner has since opened Lupa Osteria Romana (1999), Otto Enoteca Pizzeria (2002) and Del Posto (2005) as Chef/Partner at each restaurant. Mark co-authored of Molto Gusto (Ecco,2010) with Mario Batali.
Jeff Katz, General Manager
Jeff Katz has been working in Italian restaurants since he was fifteen. His first job at Pellino's, a family owned restaurant in Marblehead, (MA) set the foundation for the rest of his career. Katz attended Babson College and majored in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. After graduating from Babson in 2004 he opened La Morra Restaurant in Brookline, Massachusetts, as Beverage Director. Thereafter, he relocated to New York where he worked in sales for Domain Select Wine Estates and then for the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Battery Park. In February 2006, Katz joined the team at Del Posto. He moved quickly through the restaurant's ranks: starting out as a Dining Room manager, then Private Dining Manager, and finally, in late 2009, General Manager. Under Jeff's guidance Del Posto received a four-star review from The New York Times, the prestigious Relais & Chateau Grand Chefs distinction, and the Five Diamond Award from AAA.
Brooks Headley, Executive Pastry Chef
Brooks Headley has been the executive pastry chef of Del Posto since March of 2008. He prefers the title "the guy who makes the food at the end of the meal" rather than PASTRY CHEF. Previously Headley spent time at Campanile in Los Angeles and Komi in Washington DC, with a brief eight months at a Ritz-Carlton Hotel. He considers his dessert style to be feminine, BA-Italian, highly seasonal, and nonna-channeling.
Jeff Porter, Wine Director
Jeff Porter was born and raised in Texas. He became interested in wine at his first restaurant job in Austin. Desiring to learn all that he could about wine, Porter eventually took a stocking position at one of Austin's best wine shops. He excelled there and was soon buying wine for the shop and traveling throughout Europe. Porter then moved to the West Coast where he first worked for a wine distributor in the Bay Area and then served as Wine Director at Tra Vigne Ristorante in St. Helena, where his passion for wine and hospitality took off. Most recently, Jeff held the positon of Beverage Director at Osteria and Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles. He moved to New York City in March of 2011 to head up the beverage program at Del Posto. He is recognized as an "Advanced Sommelier" by the Court of Master Sommeliers and is currently a candidate for the "Master Sommelier" designation.