First of all, Batali is in a position where he needn’t do a TV show for the money. He owns all or part of seven restaurants, has a cookware and a clothing line, several cookbooks, and a number of other business interests. He’s partnered with Joe and Lidia Bastianich in several restaurant ventures and is also producing at least one wine with them.
Further, according to a report that appeared in several places, including TV guide, Mario is still with Food Network and will continue appearing as an Iron Chef. Back in September both Mario and FN execs confirmed this, and Mario said that he’d already taped a few IC shows.Mario Batali is still part of the Food Network family.Food Network Is Still Hot for Mario Batali
It should also be noted that, although Molto Mario
has been cancelled, the show itself has been out of production since, if I recall correctly, 2004, and FN has been showing reruns for quite some time. This, BTW, has been the case with many other FN shows.