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."
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.