The Morning After Mario Batali’s Birthday

It was Michael Symon's birthday, too, you know.

Dear Lord, he's popular. Tweeting hearts were aflutter for Mario Batali's 51st birthday, which was spent blissed-out at the new, sexified Le Bernardin. The folks from The Simpsons even posted a sneak peek of his cameo on an upcoming (October 9) show. Batali got shout-outs from every gastronome from Eric Ripert behind the stove, to Ruth Bourdain — who, as a birthday gift, granted him permission to rescind his contract with The Chew. Batali, like a good little boy, tweeted thank-you notes until, well, six o'clock in the morning.

From The Simpsons: Happy Birthday to @Mariobatali from your fans at The Simpsons!

From David Chang: i am a moron, i saw you today and totally forgot. happy bday rock, always thankful all of your help You rock!

From Ruth Bourdain: As a gift, I've arranged to let you out of your contract to do "The Chew." Run. Now. And never turn back.

From Eric Ripert, part 1: Happy birthday from all of us!!! The kitchen is so excited (see picture)

From Eric Ripert, part 2: And now the Cake..........

From Eric Ripert, part 3: Oh Man if U could just become the next food food critic of the NY Times (: