Mario Batali Chats and Cooks with Jimmy Fallon

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Mario Batali stopped by the "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" show last night to make grilled cheese sandwiches and talk Michelin stars.

The folks over at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon were treated to a feast last night, courtesy of Mario Batali.

Batali, renowned chef and restaurateur, stopped by to chat with Jimmy Fallon about the Michelin stars he was awarded this year for Babbo, The Spotted Pig, Del Posto, and Casa Mono. He also talked paintball and his son Benno, among other things.

The cooking segment showcased small bites from his new catering service Mario By Mary.

Fallon and Batali whipped up cocktails and grilled cheese with the help of Late Night guest Meredith Viera and band leader Questlove.

The drink was made of a large glug of rum, elderflower, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, and lime zest. To top it off, Batali gave each of them “safety goggle” straws for their cocktails.

The grilled cheese was made with Fontina and a spread of grain mustard, horseradish, and extra virgin olive oil. And that’s not all: Batali then unveiled tuna tartar tacos, Italian pigs in a blanket, and a mini mozzarella bar (we hope they shared some with the audience!).

And as a sweet ending, Batali toasted to Fallon for his 2014 takeover of Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show.

Watch Batali’s interview and cooking segment here.


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