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Jan 28, 2008 12:08 PM

Mario Batali: "I am a fashion disaster."

Maybe so, but who doesn't notice the orange Croc'd, short pants chef. Mario talks about his "logo" in this article over at Huffington Post:

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  1. MB was the first person who came to mind when , on Hell's Kitchen....everyone was going on about how slobbish Keith looked all the time.....

    ....i don't like to see hairy legs in the kitchen.....

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    1. re: im_nomad

      Unless he's preparing your dinner with his feet -- which I would have more pressing concerns about -- what does it matter if he's hairy-legged and in shorts?

      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

        Where I live, there are laws. Less about getting hair into the food, though, and more for hot oil accidents. So you have to have your legs covered, wear fully-enclosed shoes and wear a hat or hair net.

    2. As long as Susie doesn't mind going out with him dressed like that, why should we care?

      Mario Batali radiates joy wherever he goes, and always seems to be having a good time. His food is delicious. Who cares how he dresses in the kitchen? I wouldn't want my legs exposed to the grease spatters, but apparently it doesn't bother him.

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      1. re: ChefJune

        Just had a vision of him in chili pepper pants! Ha! Those bare legs just show off the shoes - clogs, crocs, and haven't i seen him high-tops?

      2. Fashion/shmashion

        He can wear whatever he wants to.

        Unlike the rest is the best way to be ~

        1. I think the crocs, his long hair, and whites are MB's "trade mark." He was wearing crocs before crocs were crocs.

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          1. re: stellamystar

            "He was wearing crocs before crocs were crocs."

            That's right...he used to refer to himself as the "chef in orange CLOGS".

              1. re: kmills9408

                I'm pretty sure they actually were CLOGS (medical clogs, but clogs), not Crocs, at the beginning.

                1. re: Midlife

                  You are correct, in the beginning he wore Calzuro medical clogs. While he has helped to popularize Crocs in the kitchen, I think professional cooks still prefer the sturdier, and more protective, Dansko type of clog. What's strange is that Crocs does have a great professional line of footwear, without holes, for chefs. I am not sure why he features the ones with holes, which are akin to going barefoot in the kitchen.

                  1. re: SunnysideUp

                    Product placement. There are more non-chefs who are potential Crocs buyers than chefs, so they are appealing to the larger potential group of consumers.

                    1. re: SunnysideUp

                      does the professional line come in orange, or just black and white?

                      1. re: paulj

                        Here's the Crocs "Batali Edition" Bistro:
                        It only comes in orange, and has no vents or holes. Bistro Crocs, the site says, were designed specifically for those in the foodservice industry.