John Besh, Chef-Restaurateur and Activist from The Coolest People in Food Slideshow

The Coolest People in Food Slideshow

Jane Bruce
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Mario Batali, Chef-Restaurateur, Media Personality

What kind of guy could make orange Crocs seem cool? The same guy who’s a regular guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, opened a super high-end Italian megastore in the middle of Manhattan (and has plans to open a few more), and traveled through Spain in a convertible with Gwyneth Paltrow for television (and got paid to do it). Batali also gets points added to his cool factor for being responsive on Twitter, knowing how to party, putting Neutral Milk Hotel and X on the playlist at Babbo, and being a culinary TV star who puts his money where his mouth is, owning such restaurant powerhouses as Del Posto (the first Italian restaurant in 36 years to boast four stars from The New York Times), Babbo, and Osteria Mozza.