AndyTalk: Why I Cook in Clown Shoes
Welcome to AndyTalk -- where Scottsdale-based chef and cooking instructor Andy Broder will share kitchen tips, recipes and musings on food and life. This week: clown shoes.
My yellow shoes are my favorite pair of shoes to cook in. They're quirky, and they invite a second glance - at least from people who look down. They're simple - the elastic lace means they're slip-ons. I like them. I wanted them as soon as I saw them at the Camper store in San Francisco. If I'm being honest, one of the reasons I like them is that they're relatively unique.
More Campers after the jump.
Someplace in my house is a pedometer that I haven't seen in years. I wore it twice - both times on days when I taught back-to-back cooking classes. Two classes in a day is a crazy-busy day. I wanted to see how far I walked on a two-class day.
It turns out that I walk about 10 miles on such a day. In a space of 1,447 square feet that is a lot of back-and-forth. In fact, it's about 10,000 steps per foot. I'm pretty sure it defines my job as "active." It definitely makes me aware of my feet. It's also a glass-half-full kind of thing, because it gives me an excuse for having a lot of shoes.
My yellow shoes are special because they bring comfort, stability, and some style to me - and my kitchen. They draw attention away from the food splattered on my clothes. I spend a lot of hours in my kitchen. It's a gilded cage, but it's my gilded cage. It's a place where yellow shoes fit in.
And that is why I cook in clown shoes.
Andy Broder is the chef/owner of AndyFood, A Culinary Studio.