• Food, Farms and Comfortable Clogs: Q&A With Cooking Light Executive Chef Anna Bullett

    By Diana on Friday, June 27, 2014

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    ​A childhood in Auburn, Maine has shaped the career of Cooking Light Executive Chef Anna Bullett, who used her upbringing to develop an appreciation for the earth—and for tasty food, too. As sustainable Mainers, Anna’s family collected food from a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm, knitted their own sweaters from sheep’s wool, and ate lamb and chicken from a local farmer. Although they didn’t know it, Anna and her family stood at the forefront of the organic food movement. 

    Fast forward 20 years. Now a successful chef for one of the country’s premier cooking magazines, Anna supports marketing and sales projects for clients, leads a line of ready-to-eat foods, teaches online cooking classes and ensures Cooking Light foods adhere to nutritional and flavor standards. Basically, if a task incorporates food, Anna gets involved. And any time she finds herself in the kitchen, she sports Dansko ProXP clogs, relying on comfort and support for long days of cooking and teaching. 

    We recently caught up with Anna to chat about her culinary creativity—and about her passion for Dansko clogs.

    Q: The moment you knew you wanted to work in the culinary industry:
    A: In my early teens, when I started cooking dinner for my family a few nights a week, I began to experience the joy that comes with taking responsibility for full bellies and smiling faces. That pretty much cinched the deal.

    Q: Hands-down favorite part of your job:
    A: When I meet people and they say, “I LOVE Cooking Light; I make your recipes all the time!”

    Q: Most eccentric dish you’ve ever created:
    A: No matter the cuisine, I tend to stick with proven flavor profiles. When I was trying to come up with a vegetarian meatball for work, I developed a great kofta-seasoned black bean ball with a carrot-raisin salad.

    Q: Favorite comfort meal:
    A: Homemade chicken pot pie.

    Q: Greatest lesson your parents ever taught you:
    A: Tread lightly on the Earth’s surface; good planets are hard to find.

    Q: Number one tip for dinner party hosts:
    A: Make a plan, write it down and start cooking at least two hours earlier than you think you need to start.

    Q: Why do you demand comfortable footwear at work?
    A: Safety is super important to me—so if I’m thinking about my aching feet, I am not concentrating on the knife in my hand.

    Q: If you could only wear one pair of Dansko clogs for the rest of your life, which would it be?
    A: Definitely my ProXPs in any color patent leather.

    Q: What designs would you like on see on a future pair of Dansko clogs?
    A: I love vintage scientific illustrations of fruits and vegetables, so perhaps a pair of patent ProXPs with printed blackberries or brussels sprouts!

    To learn more about Dansko all-day comfort and support, and to check out the ProXP clogs Anna sports in the kitchen (also available for men!), visit Dansko.com.

    [Photo Credit: Time Inc. Cooking Light is a registered trademark of Time Inc. Lifestyle Group. Used with permission.]

     

     

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  • Brooklyn Chef Justin Warner Shares Three Kitchen Essentials (Hint: He wears Dansko shoes!)

    By Meghan on Thursday, May 22, 2014

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    ​While working long hours of frying, sautéing, braising, and browning, New York chef Justin Warner strives to turn simple recipes into eclectic dishes. From his first ingredient to his last, he holds tightly to three kitchen essentials: an offset spatula, a heavy-bottomed stock pot and Dansko shoes. 

    Now, which item took the top spot?

    “Comfortable shoes are the most important kitchen essential,” said Warner, winner of the reality television series Food Network Star in 2012. “It's impossible to summon all of your creativity when your mind is being taxed by whiny feet or vertebra.”

    While in the kitchen of “Do or Dine,” Warner’s Brooklyn-based restaurant, the co-owner puts his creativity to good use. From a signature pork tenderloin dish, which incorporates red cabbage, roasted apples and wasabi marshmallows, to a scrumptious lamb breast starter, Warner sets out to please (and surprise) his guests. Along the way, he aims to protect his most important asset—his feet.  

    “On many occasions, I have been saved by durable Dansko leathers,” continued Warner. “Hot oil spills create disaster in the kitchen—disaster that I have only witnessed, because I’ve never endured a foot burn in 10 years of wearing Dansko shoes.”

    To round out his list of cooking essentials, Warner recommends a heavy-bottom stock pot, a pot used to heat and simmer soups and broths while preventing burns and unwanted stickiness. Warner completes his list with an offset spatula, a tool that uses a two-tier design to help navigate crowded stovetops with ease.

    When using these three essentials to conquer Do or Dine’s kitchen, Warner creates one-of-a-kind dishes for adventurous diners. But before he enters the kitchen, picks up his spatula and reaches for his stock pot, Warner grabs his official “chef shoes”—and steps into all-day comfort and support. 

    “I don’t actually own ‘work shoes,’” Warner concluded. “I am a Professional, and Dansko produces a professional shoe.”

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  • "America's Best Cook" Contestant Presses Onward – In Dansko Clogs!

    By Diana on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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    ​Christina Verrelli grew up shadowing her mom in the kitchen: reading cookbooks, studying recipes and clipping coupons for upcoming market trips. Today, the passionate home cook is a contestant on the Food Network show “America’s Best Cook”—and hopes to ride her Dansko clogs to victory!

    On the show, Verrelli uses her best recipes to impress a panel of celebrity judges, including Bobby Flay, Anne Burrell and Geoffrey Zakarian. An enthusiasm for homestyle cooking has helped Verrelli win countless contests, including a million-dollar Pillsbury bake-off in 2012, though “America’s Best Cook” represents her toughest competition yet.

    “I’m not one of those super-aggressive, trash-talking competitors…I usually end up making friends with everyone,” Verrelli said. “But I’m definitely competitive against myself. I don’t have to win, but I want to do the best that I can do!”

    At home, Verrelli cooks savory stews, homemade soups, delicious pot pies, and other hearty meals, though she enjoys cooking new recipes as much as perfecting old ones. If she can learn to prepare a series of unfamiliar dishes—like a dessert that incorporates bacon—she will have a shot at winning the grand prize of $50,000.

    “Through all of my contests, I love learning and experimenting with different ingredients and techniques,” Verrelli continued. “Of course, I don’t win every contest I enter—but I do learn something from every dish I create.”

    In order to prevent tired feet, sore legs and an aching back, Verrelli wears Dansko clogs, her “go-to kitchen shoes.” She plans to wear her Black Cherry Professional clogs from start to finish.

    “Participating in ‘America’s Best Cook’ is hands down the craziest thing I’ve ever done in my Dansko clogs,” Verrelli concluded. “I cannot believe the running, jumping, leaping and messy cooking that I’ve done!”

    When Verrelli returns from her TV debut, she will continue to share recipes through her blog “Epicuricloud.” From toffee bar cookies to Cincinnati Chili, Verrelli offers a little something for everyone.  We have to warn you, though—avoid visiting her blog or watching “America’s Best Cook” on an empty stomach. Verrelli’s meals will send you running for the kitchen!

    Watch Verrelli compete for the Food Network crown at 9 p.m. on Sunday evenings.

    [Photo Credit: Brenda Carpenter Photography]

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  • Spotted in Dansko: Acclaimed Chef Suzanne Goin

    By Diana on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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    Spotted: Suzanne Goin

    Wearing: Professional Black Oiled Clogs

    Source: March 2014 issue of Wall Street Journal Magazine​

    Story: Goin, a Los Angeles native and acclaimed chef, grew up surrounded by the tastes and smells of gourmet food. Her passion for cooking led to roles with several big-name restaurants, enabling the up-and-coming chef to travel from L.A. to Boston and even to Paris. In 2008, Goin and business partner Caroline Styne launched the Larder Baking Company, a wholesale bakery that distributes tasty artisan breads to restaurants and bakeries nationwide.

    In the March issue of Wall Street Journal Magazine, Goin appeared in a feature story about her bakery, sporting her signature Dansko Professional clogs for the Magazine’s photo shoot.​

    [Photo Credit: David Young-Wolff Photography​]


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