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Mario Batali Shows Off His Acting Chops on Jimmy Fallon

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Chef and empire-builder Mario Batali dropped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and talked about his myriad projects going on: a two-second guest appearance on SNL, his new iPad app, being on South Park, and getting a four-star review in the New York Times for his restaurant Del Posto. Said Batali, "We're popular in Italy right now because we've kind of helped them kind of come together and say, 'Yes, we can do it.' You know, the Italians always kind of lived in the shadows of the fine dining in the luxury stuff, and now they're really proud."

They also showed a clip from the horror film Bitter Feast — about a chef who gets violent revenge on a blogger — in which Batali had a small role as the restaurant owner. It's so graphic his kids can't watch it. While Batali only had a few lines, his delivery was pretty great, especially this line: "This whole organic, sustainable green shtick — it's a down economy. People don't give a damn where their hamburger comes from or how it got to them. They just want it to taste good." The DVD comes out January 4th.

Video: Batali on Fallon Part 1

Video: Batali on Fallon Part 2

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