Batali's series will return to the Food Network after more than a decade.
Looks like running his Eataly empire isn’t taking up enough of Mario Batali’s time, because he’s decided to return to your television screens with new episodes of his show, which originally premiered in 1997 on the Food Network, Molto Mario.
As Variety reports, Molto Mario, is getting a new run of six episodes, in which Batali will prepare meals with the help of his celebrity guests. Although the show hasn’t had a new episode since 2005, Batali hasn’t been completely absent from your television screens: He’s a co-host of The Chew and has made several guest appearances on Iron Chef.
There are no details yet on what Batali will be cooking up on the show (although we can probably predict variations on staple dishes like fettuccine, lamb, and calamari as he’s done in the past), or who his guests will be, but there’s plenty of room to speculate. Perhaps Nancy Silverton who co-owns a restaurant with Batali in Los Angeles, or Jimmy Fallon, whose show he has appeared on several times, or even Gwyneth Paltrow, whom he once referred to as his “favorite sous chef.” Then there is the matter of the Instagrams Batali posted over the summer with Maria Bello and tagging Neil Patrick Harris while he was on location filming an unknown TV project. No matter who stops by to cook with Batali, there’s a good chance it will be an all-star, A-list lineup.
“Mario Batali has long been one of the most approachable and engaging chefs for audiences to enjoy and learn from, masterfully sharing his delicious recipes and stories,” said Allison Page, general manager of U.S. programming and development for Scripps Networks Interactive said in a statement. “What could be better than starting a new year with new episodes of an all-time classic like Molto Mario. We are excited to have Mario back home at Food Network.”
All we know at the moment is that production has already wrapped on the first six episodes of the rebooted series and that it’s set to premiere early next year.