Smart Women Chefs: Nancy Silverton Needs The Right Clothes To Cook Well

Image via Nancy’s instagram. Don’t you love that pinny design?

I’m grabbing some late summer sun in Ibiza this week and reading a mountain of magazines and I was particularly struck by the  Nancy Silverton article in Gourmand. I knew nothing about Nancy  (I can see our American readers all rolling their eyes at this…sorry) but have instantly fallen in love with her because of her sartorial choices – she loves Marni and is renowned for wearing it when she’s cooking.

image Michael Schmelling for Gourmand

She is LA and Umbria based and forged a career in food back in the 70s -setting trends for sour dough, fancy pizza and pastry -when chefs were mostly male. There’s a good feature on her on Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome, where you can see her home kitchen and  I also got the cute kitchen sink picture below from.

image via Elizabeth Minchilli In Rome

I wanted to share what she said in the excellent Gourmand feature,

‘For a lot of people clothes don’t matter at all. They can just throw on any old thing and they’re fine. But when I feel good in what I’m wearing I feel like I cook better. You know that feeling when you leave the house and you know you’ve put on the wrong outfit, and all day long you can’t get it out of your mind? Well, who needs that when they’re cooking! It’s so much less stressful for me when I feel good in what I’m wearing. When you eat my food you understand me as a person more. And when you see the way I dress you understand me as a person more. For me, the two fit together”.

I totally agree with needing to feel right in my clothes, it’s something you learn with age I think. What about you?

The Gourmand magazine here.

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3 Comments

  • Julia Little says:

    An amazing woman with incredible style. Watch her in action on Netflix’s brilliant series “Chef’s Table”.

  • Jan says:

    “You know that feeling when you leave the house and you know you’ve put on the wrong outfit, and all day long you can’t get it out of your mind? ”

    I do so agree with this comment. It confirms my view that we should always wear clothes that make us feel good and never keep them for ‘best’.

  • Amanda says:

    Ooh thanks for the tip Julia and totally agree with you Jan, ‘best’ means everyday. Ax

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