Michael and Ariane Batterberry were founders of two milestone national food magazines: Food and Wine, the leading consumer food publication, and Food Arts, the influential award winning publication for the restaurant and hotel trades that has won a number of the coveted Folio Gold ”Eddie" BZB awards.
Pioneers in electronic food publishing as well, they created the top rated computerized "magazine” Dining In for Time Inc. in the early 1980s. Singly or together, they are the authors of 16 books on food, art, and social history, and they have contributed a quarterly food trends column to USA TODAY; Michael Batterberry also pioneered efforts to unite chefs, restaurateurs, and farmers in a mutual nationwide support system that also serves to advance the cause of sustainable agriculture.
Singly and together, the Batterberrys served on numerous boards and advisory boards, including those of the French Culinary Institute, The Culinary Institute of America (as a Fellow of the Institute), the American Institute of Wine and Food, Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, the Rockefeller sponsored Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, New York University’s Department of Food & Nutrition Studies, Wholesome Wave, among others.
Michael Batterberry was co-founder of the New American Farmer Initiative, dedicated to fostering restaurant supported local farming and helping immigrant farmers. He also served on the food education committee for “Food Culture USA!" the principal theme of the Smithsonian 2005 Folklife Festival in the Washington Mall, which drew over a million visitors.
The Batterberrys received the James Beard Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. They were included in the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who in Food and Beverage in America and have been named Editors of the Year. They also received the Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) Honorary Hall of Fame, The Culinary Institute of America’s Master of Hospitality award, and the Madrid Fusion award, presented by the mayor of Madrid, for having propelled the course of the American Food Revolution. Ariane Batterberry was chosen Woman of the Year by the Roundtable for Women in Foodservice in 1998.
The Batterberrys have appeared often on national and international TV as commentators on culinary and restaurant business trends and Michael Batterberry performed as introductory host to the Public Television series "Rising Star Chefs."