Danica Patrick Has A Passion For Cooking In The Kitchen And Designing Clothesby Hunter Thomas August 2, 2016 0 comments
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Beyond the racetrack, Danica Patrick focuses on her love for cooking and designing clothes.
Traveling to 38 races a year, signing autographs and talking with the media can be exhausting, and that’s why Danica Patrick has a deep interest in an array of hobbies outside of the cockpit of her race car and the garage area. With the tight schedule of events that goes along with being a superstar in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Patrick takes time out of the day to carefully craft meals for boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr., her pet dogs and herself.
“I just developed a love for cooking,” Patrick said. “I would say that I’m an artistic person, so I think that cooking is a bit of an art form, and there’s a balance, both flavor wise and aesthetics to making food and presenting it. I really like all parts of it. I can get quite lost in cooking all day if I have the time.”
Her passion for cooking began in her late teens, when she was living alone. Wanting to stay healthy and not eat out, she began experimenting with cooking. When she’s at the racetrack, most mornings start off with a wet kiss from her dogs, telling her that it’s time to get up and start creating masterpieces in the kitchen. After taking the dogs out, she’ll get the coffee going and then begin crafting breakfast, not only for her, but also for her four legged companions and of course, Stenhouse Jr.
“Lately my breakfast has been sweet potato hash browns and maybe some ground beef and avocado, maybe spinach, maybe egg, maybe bacon – not all of those things at once, but most of them,” Patrick said. “So I’ll start that, and then I’ll get the dogs’ food ready, which I make most of their food. I blend it with some other canned food, but I make most of their food, which is ground beef with peas and carrots. So then I feed the dogs, and then when Ricky (Stenhouse Jr., boyfriend) decides to wake up I’m like ‘Babe, what do you want to eat?’, and he’ll tell me waffles or eggs or bacon, and then I make that, and then I make that.”
On Tuesday, the driver of the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS stopped by Darlington, South Carolina to help promote the upcoming Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. While in town, she showcased her cooking skills while visiting South of Pearl. Throughout the event, she assisted Town Hall’s Dale Barth and Bobby Hodge, as well as South of Pearl’s culinary artist, Trey Calcutt prepare meals for media, track personnel and guests.
Also while in Darlington, Patrick stopped by Darlington High School to help pack food for non-profit organization, Carolina’s Kids, Inc. Darlington Raceway presented the organization with a check of $2,500 during the event as well. Patrick mentioned how important food was not only to stay healthy but also happy. Following the packing of food, she spoke with first-year teachers and participated in a Q&A session with students and school personnel.
“We were delighted to have Danica Patrick stop by and pitch in at the Darlington County School District,” said Dr. Eddie Ingram, Superintendent, Darlington County School District. “The Carolina’s Kids organization does an amazing job of providing food sacks for our students who may face food insecurity during the weekend. Ms. Patrick and Darlington Raceway president Kerry Tharp were gracious enough to help pack more than 110 bags for our students to take home this weekend. She also found time to greet the Darlington County School District “rookie team,” our first-year teachers. And of course, through her back-to-school backpack drive, our community members had a chance to provide new backpacks for at-risk students while also asking her questions. Ms. Patrick earned quite a few friends and fans today, and we were excited to play host to her and the great folks at Darlington Raceway.”
Outside of racing and the kitchen, Patrick is also working on launching a clothing line in January of 2017. The line will be called Warrior by Danica Patrick. Talks of the clothing line began in 2015, but the idea really came to fruition in January of this year. Patrick is without a doubt an artistic individual, so she’s been able to spearhead the efforts head-on.
“I’m developing an athleisure clothing line that will come out in January of 2017,” Patrick said. “I’ve been working on it – I guess the conversations really started at the end of 2015, but since January, I’ve been developing a line, developing the style and everything from selling it to someone, to the name itself, to the logo and it has been a really cool process. It has been really fun for me.
“I went to the company that’s manufacturing the clothes. I went to their office and saw a model walk out with a 2017 January clothing line. We still have to work through some details, but it was cool to actually see it on somebody, and we were looking at the April lines, so there will be five launches a year.”
With the Bojangles’ Southern 500 right around the corner, Patrick currently sits 24th in the championship point standings. If she’s able to stay inside the top-30 and capture a win, then she’d be Chase eligible. Following this weekend’s Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway, there are only four races until Richmond International Raceway hosts the final race of the regular season before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Below are a few photos taken during Darlington Raceway’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 Media Day on August 2, 2016.