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Mario Batali: "I am a fashion disaster."

ChinoWayne Jan 28, 2008 12:08 PM

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: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amanda-...

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  1. im_nomad RE: ChinoWayne Jan 28, 2008 01:20 PM

    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
      BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: im_nomad Jan 28, 2008 02:08 PM

      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
        miss_bennet RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jan 31, 2008 08:32 PM

        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. ChefJune RE: ChinoWayne Jan 28, 2008 07:07 PM

      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
        honcha RE: ChefJune Feb 2, 2008 01:39 PM

        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. paris221966 RE: ChinoWayne Jan 28, 2008 07:42 PM


        He can wear whatever he wants to.

        Unlike the rest is the best way to be ~

        1. stellamystar RE: ChinoWayne Jan 31, 2008 06:42 PM

          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
            kmills9408 RE: stellamystar Feb 1, 2008 10:18 AM

            "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
              stellamystar RE: kmills9408 Feb 1, 2008 12:19 PM

              Yeah. CLOGS.

              1. re: kmills9408
                Midlife RE: kmills9408 Feb 2, 2008 11:05 AM

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

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                  SunnysideUp RE: Midlife Feb 2, 2008 12:46 PM

                  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
                    ChinoWayne RE: SunnysideUp Feb 2, 2008 03:16 PM

                    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.

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                      paulj RE: SunnysideUp Feb 2, 2008 03:29 PM

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

                      1. re: paulj
                        SunnysideUp RE: paulj Feb 2, 2008 04:30 PM

                        Here's the Crocs "Batali Edition" Bistro: http://tinyurl.com/2bgkxq
                        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.

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