Mario Batali Wore His Favorite Orange Crocs at the White House

Mario Batali White House State Dinner
Mario Batali at the White House ahead of the state dinner.
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Chef Mario Batali is rarely without his favorite orange Crocs shoes, even at the White House.

Batali was tapped to work with the White House chefs on the menu for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama’s final state dinner, hosting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini.

The chef is known to wear orange Crocs in the kitchen, and this occasion was no exception. He even wore the shoes while getting a tour of the White House grounds.

Presidential pooches bo and sunny are very cool! #wheeeeeestatedinner

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Sky hook in the presidential paint !! Wheeeeeeeee!

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Even the day before the dinner, Batali wore his Crocs to give the press a preview of what he was cooking up.

Mario Batali White House State Dinner CrocsChef Mario Batali gave a preview on Monday of the White House state dinner wearing his signature orange Crocs. REX Shutterstock.
Mario Batali White House State Dinner CrocsMario Batali’s orange Crocs. REX Shutterstock.

In a July appearance on “The Rachael Ray Show,” Batali revealed that he received 200 pairs of the orange Crocs after learning the company planned to discontinue that color. Batali also collaborates with the brand, which sells a Bistro Mario Batali Edition orange shoe.

kitchen clogs bistro mario batali crocsBistro Mario Batali Edition clogs by Crocs. Courtesy photo.

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