Buy American? Kamala Harris spent $500 on copper cookware at a store when she was in Paris – including a serving dish that cost a whopping $367
- Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff dropped more than $500 on high-end cookware in a famous shop in Paris last week
- Harris left with a $367 copper and stainless steel serving dish and $160 copper and stainless steel frying pan
- The vice president visited France for four days, from November 9-13
- French and American relations soured earlier this year when Australia bailed on a French nuclear submarine contract to work with the US and UK instead
Vice President Kamala Harris spent more than $500 on cookware at a high-end Parisian culinary shop during her four-day visit to mend French and American relations earlier this month.
Harris stopped by E. Dehillerin with second gentleman Doug Emhoff and ended up spending nearly $578 on pots, pans and other items, it has been revealed.
The vice president treated herself to a $367 copper and stainless steel serving dish and a $160 copper and stainless steel frying pan, according to The Washington Free Beacon. The store disclosed the vice president’s haul to the Free Beacon.
Harris reportedly finished her shopping spree with some smaller kitchen accessories including a porcelain cocotte and egg dish, a copper cleaner and various wooden spoons.
E. Dehillerin is an upscale culinary shop known for its inventory of commercial-grade copper cookware. It boasts famous chef Julia Child as a fan, with foodies and chefs alike considering it a must-see when in Paris, including the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Ina Garten.
Williams-Sonoma, an American company, sells similar copper pots for between $200 and $400, depending on the style and size.
Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff spent more than $500 on high-end cookware in a popular shop in Paris earlier this month
Harris told reporters the kitchenware would be used for her upcoming Thanksgiving feast
The diplomatic trip to France came as the vice president attempted to mend relations with the country after they soured when the United States signed a deal with Australia to help build its fleet of nuclear submarines.
The deal – a $66 billion submarine contract – put relations between France and the U.S. at an all-time low when Australia bailed on the contract to work with the United States and the U.K. instead.
Following the ordeal, France called its ambassador home from the United States, openly condemning the country for its deal with Australia citing ‘unacceptable behavior between allies.’
Video shows Harris being greeted by a crowd as she enters the culinary store earlier this month and laughing: ‘I just want to buy a pot,’ she says.
As she browses through the store, she tells reporters she plans to purchase the kitchenware for Thanksgiving cooking. She offers to share the recipe for turkey and stuffing.
Emhoff is by her side and she jokingly describes him as more of an apprentice in the kitchen than a cook.
The vice president stopped in E. Dehillerin Cookware shop in Paris for some new supplies
The vice president spoke to French reporters as she left the Parisian shop with her husband
E. Dehillerin is an upscale culinary shop, across the street from the Louvre Museum, known for its inventory of commercial-grade copper cookware
Harris decided on a $367 copper and stainless steel serving dish (left) and $160 copper and stainless steel frying pan (right)
‘She taught me during COVID,’ he tells reporters at the time. ‘After almost burning down our apartment, I got a little bit better.’
Harris converses in French and English with a store worker as she discusses the different products before eventually making her picks.
The vice president’s shopping trip came as inflation continued to rise and the American economy is struggling to bounce back from the pandemic.
When asked about how her trip to France had been so far, she said it was ‘a very productive and good trip,’ presumably nodding to her two-hour meeting with with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace.
But she admitted that the U.S. has ‘a lot of follow up to do.’
‘The partnership between the United States and France remains and will continue to be a very strong one,’ she added on her last day in Paris.
She also told French reporters that America remains ‘very concerned’ about Russia as the Biden administration warned of an imminent threat in Eastern Europe over fears of a Ukraine invasion amid an escalating crisis at the Belarus-Poland border.
When asked about the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the vice president said: ‘I cannot talk to you about classified information’ and went on to express her concerns on the crisis.’
But it wasn’t the first time Harris has voiced worries about Russian military movements amid the tense immigrant crisis in Belarus that has the potential to spill over into other countries in Europe.
Harris said at the time that the ‘eyes of the world’ are on the Belarus border as the Biden administration waded into the chaos in Eastern Europe.