A few weeks ago we mentioned Mario Batali's new show with Gwyneth Paltrow. If you recall, the show of them road-tripping through the Spanish countryside will be aired on PBS, not Food Network. At the time, I wondered why that was the case, but assumed it might have something to do with it being in conjunction with Spanish television. However it turns out it might actually have something to do with Mario Batali splitting up with Food Network. That's right, after an eleven year run on FN, Batali is hanging up his FN chef's coat.
Sources say the network told Mario that his multiple shows would not be renewed.
"He said that if his shows weren't going to be renewed, then he wasn't going to do 'Iron Chef,' " said a network insider. "And then they essentially said 'ciao'"
So no more Molto Mario and no more Iron Chef Batali — which sort of explains why they are looking for the Next Iron Chef.
Batali has been with the network since 1996. There's no word on whether or not his show will air in repeats.
What do you guys think about this? Do you think it's a mistake?