Food Network Star Drops F-Bomb in Front of Royalty

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009  |  Updated 12:19 PM CDT
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Food Network Star Drops F-Bomb in Front of Royalty

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Mario Batali drops the F-Bomb in front of Spanish Royality.

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The king and queen of Spain got a dash of profanity from celebrity chef Mario Batali at a $1,000-a-plate dinner during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

At a Thursday dinner honoring Spain's growing international culinary presence, Batali dropped some royally naughty words as he hosted the event in the presence of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.

Growing impatient when the crowd didn't quiet down quickly enough after he stepped to the microphone, he used the f-word and asked the audience if he could have "10 seconds of your time."

Batali dropped the f-bomb again while introducing chef Jose Andres, whose Los Angeles restaurant, The Bazaar, has been heralded by critics. He finished by grabbing Andres' bottom.

Those seated near the royal couple said the queen blanched. Gloria Estefan chortled. And Andres kept his cool.

"This is what food and wine from Spain will do to you," he explained.

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