Think you know everything there is to know about Mario Batali? Well, ladies and gentlemen, you would be wrong (WRONG!). Bet you didn’t know that Chef Batali is seriously into pumpkin carving. Yes, jack-o’-lanterns are a passion of his, one that he has left off his resume -- until now. We might be slightly exaggerating here (duh!), but what it comes down to is Mario hosts a carving contest for the staff of his restaurants and the best pumpkin earns a spot on display at the bar on Halloween night. Given that these skilled chefs know a thing or two about carving – think: Thanksgiving turkey – it’s no surprise that they blow the usual pumpkins out of the park.
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