What’s with the Crocs?

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08 Oct What’s with the Crocs?

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If you read my post yesterday at Accidental Hedonist, this photo will be familiar. These crimson Crocs belong to chef Samuel Hybels, chef/owner of Samuel’s in Suttons Bay, Michigan.

Closer to home, chef Alex Sgroi, owner of Alex’s Kitchen wears blazing orange.

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Both chefs have eponymous restaurants. Both admire Mario Batali, who loves his Crocs. Both produce amazing food.

While the footwear is uglier than monkfish, it’s non-slip and prevents muscle fatigue. Chefs seem to love them.

Hmmm…. my blog is also eponymous, but I cook in bare feet in the summer and wooly socks in the winter (granted, I don’t work in a professional kitchen). Am I only a pair of hideous shoes away from culinary greatness?

What do you put on your feet when cooking?

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  • Dana McCauley
    Posted at 09:07h, 08 October Reply

    I’m surprised these chefs are allowed to work the line in crocs. Most WSIB inspectors would freak out – chefs are supposed to wear reinforced toe shoes whether they be birkenstock clogs or other safety footwear.

    I wouldn’t want a falling stock pot or a knife coming toward my toe in crocs!

  • Dana McCauley
    Posted at 09:07h, 08 October Reply

    I’m surprised these chefs are allowed to work the line in crocs. Most WSIB inspectors would freak out – chefs are supposed to wear reinforced toe shoes whether they be birkenstock clogs or other safety footwear.

    I wouldn’t want a falling stock pot or a knife coming toward my toe in crocs!

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 11:58h, 08 October Reply

    Well, I still own two pairs of Danskos from my culinary school days, but I now wear them outside the house rather than in the kitchen. I cook in slippers. Not chic or glamorous, perhaps, but better looking than those crocs for sure.

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 11:58h, 08 October Reply

    Well, I still own two pairs of Danskos from my culinary school days, but I now wear them outside the house rather than in the kitchen. I cook in slippers. Not chic or glamorous, perhaps, but better looking than those crocs for sure.

  • FRANCESCA
    Posted at 20:17h, 08 October Reply

    The type of floor material may dictate what you wear on your feet. When I did the kitchen reno a couple of years ago I went with wood. I love it, easy to keep, warm on the feet so I’m with you Charmian, summer bare and winter woolies!

  • FRANCESCA
    Posted at 20:17h, 08 October Reply

    The type of floor material may dictate what you wear on your feet. When I did the kitchen reno a couple of years ago I went with wood. I love it, easy to keep, warm on the feet so I’m with you Charmian, summer bare and winter woolies!

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    Posted at 07:51h, 09 October Reply

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  • Christie's Corner
    Posted at 09:43h, 09 October Reply

    Dana, I’ve dropped a knife more than once and joked about needing steel-toed shoes. Guess I should think more seriously about my footwear. But I wander about in bare feet so often it’s second nature.

    Francesca, my floors are pine. I guess if I had ceramic tile, I’d have to rethink what I put on my feet.

    Cheryl, I’m glad to know a professional chef cooks in her slippers at home. But tell me, do you wear an apron?

  • cheryl
    Posted at 13:28h, 10 October Reply

    Oh, I ABSOLUTELY wear aprons. I’m a horribly messy cook. Horrible.

    And please don’t think of me as a “professional chef.” I’m flattered by the title but don’t come by it honestly. I may have gone to culinary school, but I’ve never cheffed in a real restaurant. :(

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