Saturday, November 22, 2008

I've Sold My Sole (and no, that's not a typo)

If you visit the site everyday, and you really should, you may have noticed me testing some advertising for Mozo shoes. Well, I can finally make the official announcement; Food Wishes Video Recipes has its first real sponsor!

As you know, I am passionate about keeping these video recipes free, despite
the catastrophic damage they cause to my personal financial health. Originally, I thought I could offset the cost of producing these recipes with Google ads, Amazon links, and viewer donations. Needless to say it hasn't quite worked out that way.

So, I told myself I would try and find a sponsor to help keep the site going. Unfortunately, the offers I got weren't w
ith companies and products that I could honestly recommend. All kidding about the Kraft video contest aside, I would never actively promote a product I didn’t use myself.

I wore two pairs of these shoes for over a month before finally deciding to accept their offer. Mozo makes a line of shoes specifically for cooks and chefs whoe need super-sturdy, safe, and very comfortable shoes while they work those long days. You can check out their products yourselves, but I will say I really love my Mozo shoes, and am very happy to have finally found an advertiser with such a well-made product I can support.

By the way, this is an experiment for the site, and the terms of the deal are very modest to say the least. I'll be going month to month with this promotion, and I'm still a long way off, traffic-wise, where one of these deals would actually support the site fully, so please continue any support you already provide. This will hopefully show other high-quality food-related companies that this site can be a great place to showcase their products.

This video features the short intro you'll see at the beginning of the video recipes while Mozo is a sponsor. It also features my first (and probably last) attempt at modeling.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is great chef! I didn't realize you were so light on your feet.

Connie said...

I really like those shoes and great video.

Anonymous said...

ROFL! the Axel Rose dance! I remember him doing that in every video he ever did. Nice, it looks just like him, except your pants are clean. ;)

Eli said...

Wow, Chef you're a leaf on the wind.
This video recipe cracked me up.

Johan said...

Haha, love the song, love the dance :D I do, however, think his name is really Axl Rose ;)

In all seriousness, though.. Long time watcher, first time commenter; I'm sure you hear this a lot, chef, but I really do enjoy your little videos as they offer a great deal of inspiration for aspiring foodies such as myself.

I really do appreciate your ideology of keeping this site free of charge for the visitors and I would gladly donate if I could, but I being a poor student, I have very limited finances, so I congratulate you on this new deal. At least in this way you'll recieve somewhat of a compensation for all the help and tips that you've so willingly given us. Thanks once again, and keep up the good work!

Jewels said...

Oh my goodness, that was hilarious! You should dance more often. I would pay money to see that!

Jewels said...

Alright, Chef John, I would never normally do this to you, but I need your help...

I have a pound of mild italian sausage sitting in my refrigerator waiting for me to make it into something spectacular for lunch/dinner tomorrow for myself and my fiance. It's raw and in casings, so I could either cook it as hotdog-style sausage or pile-of-ground-meat-style sausage. I don't have any other ground meats to mix it with to make something like your meatballs or meatloaf.

I have staple items on hand (like milk, eggs, breadcrumbs, pasta, etc), but not any perishables at the moment, like fruit or veggies (except for a couple of nice Fuji apples), but if I thought of something really wonderful, I could run to the store for maybe $5 worth of other food items.

If you were in the same situation, what type of a dish would you think to make with it?

Chef John said...

that's easy, get a few potatoes, and a little cheese, and make a nice hearty frittata. I believe I posted one last month or so.

Chef John said...

You're right, it is Axl! If he would do an album more than once every 17 years I would have remembered.

Jewels said...

Oooh! You're right, I totally didn't think about that. And I already have the cheese too. Thanks Chef John!!

Anonymous said...

I just realized that you seldom use goat cheese--Yay!!! . It seems to be so trendy--much to my dismay because I simply can't get into it. I (nor my husband) like it. I guess that's one reason that I like almost all your recipes--no goat cheese.

Thanks for all your great ideas!!

Jackie

Chef John said...

sorry, but i love goat cheese!! so tangy, creamy and mmmmm. but, youre right, ive only used it a couple times.

Kim said...

Oh Goat Cheese... everyone I know loves it. When we go to dinner at friends it keeps showing up everywhere: on salads, in appetizers, on flatbreads etc. But I also just do not like the stuff. You know how cilantro taste soapy to some people, well Goat cheese taste dirty to me. Or as my husband puts it "like I just licked a goat". :) Maybe we are missing some enzyme necessary to unlocking the delicious aspects of that cheese.

Angie ^i^ said...

Nice Dance Moves!!!

Do you think those shoes would be comfortable for anyone who has to stand on their feet for LONG hours??

Chef John said...

They are for me. I know that's what they are designed for. They have info on the site for the design features.

Chef John said...

Kim, your husband sure has a way with words. ;) Maybe you guys are enzymely-challenged.

Anonymous said...

Show me a chef that doesn't dance and I'll show you a chef that doesn't love food. Dancing while cooking is the best way to express love for food!

Lauren said...

Congrats on the sponsorship! Loved the video too.

Chef John said...

Yeah, you should see my "I just burned the croutons" dance.

mbuchan said...

Happy feet make good food.. Glad you found a worthy sponsor.. I'll have to check out the catalog at my resort to see if they carry these. Retail prices I can't afford.

BroodingAngel said...

Love your videos, Chef John!

What's my foot wish? How about Michael Jackson's moonwalk ;-)

Bill W, NH said...

"BEIJING — A newspaper published by China's ruling Communist Party is blasting the latest Guns N' Roses album as an attack on the Chinese nation.

Delayed since recording began in 1994, "Chinese Democracy" hit stores in the U.S. on Sunday, although it is unlikely to be sold legally in China, where censors maintain tight control over films, music and publications.

In an article Monday headlined "American band releases album venomously attacking China," the Global Times said unidentified Chinese Internet users had described the album as part of a plot by some in the West to "grasp and control the world using democracy as a pawn."

That's it, no more stir fry for me!!!

Jairus said...

lol wow nice dance. you've definitely sold me chef. i think i'll buy a pair. i've actually seen a couple cooks wearing these before.

Georga said...

Great dance!...now about the shoes, how did they feel? Are you still wearing them? Do they have room in the "toe box?" I ask, because of having bad feet....a total of 30 operations to be exact. Yeeks...that's over 27 years mind you...but I am still vertical and always looking for good shoes...can I ask another question? Thanks

It's the "follow the sourdough" recipe...turned out okay, but how do I "feed" the left overs? And, would it be okay to add a little extra sugar to it?

Thanks for a great site and dance!
Georga Thomas
Houston, TX

Chef John said...

The shoes feel great! I really do wear them in the kitchen. I can't say if they are right for you.

to feed the sour dough toss half and add the same amount of water and flour.

Chef John said...

once a week

Kristina said...

My foot wish was to see that dance. For some reason, my life just now feels so much more complete. That was beautiful. Ok, it wasn't beautiful but it was freaking awesome.