20080910-marco-pierre-white.jpgMarco Pierre White, the archetypal badboy chef and host of Chopping Block, which premieres tonight, told Time magazine: "My favorite restaurants in New York are run by Mario Batali. He finds that balance between formality and informality. Even Del Posto still has that feel of a family run restaurant. It hasn’t got the snobbery of most Michelin-starred restaurants. They don’t patronize you. They don’t dictate to you. Nothing’s too much trouble for them. It’s like stepping into a warm bath and watching your toes curl.”

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