The Batali-verse is ever-expanding. Though best-known as an Italian chef, the Seattle-born Batali has interests ranging from NASCAR to Spanish cuisine to a foundation whose mission is "to educate, empower and encourage children." The diversity of both his restaurant catalogue (pizza, tapas, gastro-pub fare, trattoria food, high-class Italian, etc.) and his media presence reveal a multi-talented chef with a multi-faceted personality. He and partner Joe Bastianich have opened more than 15 restaurants, among them the elegant Del Posto, the only Italian restaurant to earn four stars from The New York Times, and the first American branch of the Italian restaurant–market complex called Eataly (a second one is reportedly in the works).