On a quest for the next big thing in the food industry, sisters Danielle and Laura Kosann have begun the journey with The New Potato. Profiling chefs, restauranteurs, and celebrities alike with cuisine questionnaires, the world of dining has reached a whole new level of delish. In case you missed it, we've got the New Potato's interview with Karlie Kloss during last year's Fashion Week, where she introduces Karlie's Kookies and talks the best food New York has to offer.
The Epicurean's Questionnaire
As our killer New York Fashion Week lineup continues, we thought we’d feature someone whose photo we literally wouldn’t mind posting on every corner and crevice of The New Potato. That’s right, supermodel Karlie Kloss took a break from the jet-setting, the photo shoots, and the like to be our Epicurean this week. As if Kloss isn’t busy enough lighting up every magazine and runway, she’s also a force to be reckoned within the food world. Her line for Momofoku Milk Bar, Karlie’s Kookies — which she created in collaboration with famed Milk Bar pastry chef Christina Tosi — is absolutely delicious, and for that matter, absolutely healthy. We could all take a tip or two from this amazing tastemaker, and let’s be real — who doesn’t want to hear about this model’s vices, routines, and fridge contents? We figured as much.
Describe your ideal food day…
Thanksgiving! I love to cook and bake, especially with my mom, sisters, and grandma. So, a holiday that brings multiple generations of family members together in the kitchen is ideal to me.
What’s your drink?
I love to make homemade almond milk hot chocolate in the wintertime. It’s heavenly!
What would your last meal be?
Without question, my last meal would be my mom’s famous homemade chicken pot pie, (it’s to die for) followed by my grandma’s key lime pie, followed by as many Karlie’s Kookies as I could eat. (Hey, if it’s my last meal ever, why not have it all?)
How do you start your day on a good note?
A cup of coffee from a little place around the corner from my house and some Greek yogurt with a little agave and fresh fruit.
What’s your splurge?
Karlie’s Kooooooookies. I am a serious sucker for both flavors (the rich and chocolatey 5Boro Kookie and the dark chocolate and oat Perfect 10 Kookie), but the best part is that even though they’re sinfully delicious, they’re also vegan and are secretly wholesome and nutritious.
Photos by Danielle Kosann
What catches your eye on every menu?
Brussel sprouts. They aren’t your average vegetable, but they’re one of my favorites and I always order them when I see them on a menu. Sometimes I’m guilty of asking for a special order of them from the kitchen if they aren’t (on the menu).
What are your favorite places to travel to?
I love going anywhere warm! I am a serious sun-worshipper. I get excited whenever a photo shoot takes me to the gorgeous beaches of St. Barths, Mexico, Dominican Republic, or even Miami and LA. Although, I suppose Paris isn’t so bad either.
What won’t you travel without?
Gum. No matter where I am or where I am going, I always have a pack of gum on me. I have a nervous habit of chewing a million pieces when I’m on airplanes. I’ve tried many flavors and brands, and I’ve come to the conclusion that German gum (specifically Extra Spearmint) is superior to the rest. Believe me, I’ve had my fair share.
What ingredient do you consider overrated?
People may come after me for this, but I think white refined sugar is completely overrated. Why use something so boring when there are so many more nutritious alternatives to add sweetness and flavor? Whether cooking, baking, or enjoying a cup of coffee, I always opt for a natural alternative like honey or agave. I think it’s fun to get creative with your sweetener substitutions. For instance, in our 5Boro Kookie, the culinary GENIUS Christina Tosi from Momofuku Milk Bar, had the idea of swapping traditional sugar with pineapple juice as a more nutritious, delicious, and flavorful sweetener.
What ingredient are you convinced makes everything better?
Cinnamon. I love adding it to my hot chocolate, oatmeal, or sprinkling some in when I’m baking.
Your afternoon snack…
Something with chocolate. I absolutely love dark chocolate and cacao!
Photos by Danielle Kosann
What’s always in your fridge?
I always have my fridge stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables and chocolate-almond milk. And my freezer is stocked with Karlie’s Kookies; they make great breakfast bars or a guilt-free, on-the-go snack you can throw in your purse as you’re running out the door.
Your go-to recipe for eating in…
Omelets! I’m a better baker than cook, so my culinary abilities are limited for the time being. But on a lazy night in, I love to whip up scrambled eggs and omelets, mostly because they are fool-proof. It’s hard to mess up an omelet. And who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?
Favorite night of the week, and why?
My favorite night of the week is most definitely Sunday night! Why? Primetime football of course!
What are some pre- and post-shoot routines?
When I’m in NYC, before heading to the studio or a photo shoot for a long busy day, one of the routines I always try to make time for is my morning run to The Juice Press. I am obsessed with ALL of their fresh pressed juices and smoothies. If I go in the morning before work, I like to stock up on yummy juices or grab some food for the day. You never know how good catering will be, so I try to bring my favorite foods with me. I’m telling you, the raw oatmeal and the kale salad are life-changing. If I can’t make it in the morning, I try to swing by after work for a refreshing smoothie — the almond butter cup and the fountain of youth are some of my favorites.
If you could switch closets with one person in the world, who would it be?
Brigitte Bardot circa 1960s. I absolutely loved her quintessential-French sexpot style. So simple but still very chic!
What are your favorite New York restaurants?
Souen — I love Souen because they have deliciously healthy food prepared in a unique and tasty way that doesn’t sacrifice the flavor while still being nutritious.
Cafe Gitane — The avocado toast is life-changing!
Momofuku Milk Bar (all locations) — Each location has a new seasonal soft-serve ice cream exclusive to that store. They just switched out their menu and everything is amazing! You have to try the pretzel milk soft-serve at their Williamsburg location, and it’s also worth the trip to their Upper West Side location for the birthday cake soft-serve.
*For Karlie’s recipe for Almond Milk Hot Chocolate, click here.
Photos by Danielle Kosann