Team White House Trumps Team Citizen
Sunday Night's special White House episode of Iron Chef America featured a cameo by First Lady Michelle Obama, welcoming celeb chefs to the White House, and inviting them to harvest from the Kitchen Garden. In the show's Kitchen Stadium competition, Team White House was White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford, teamed with celeb chef Bobby Flay. Team Citizen was celeb chefs Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse. Each team had to create five 'ultimate American' dishes that put the spotlight on vegetables, and the video is a good look at most of these. Team White House won the battle. Judges for the cook-off were actress Jane Seymour, Olympic swimming champ Natalie Coughlin, and chef/cookbook author Nigella Lawson. The episode put a swell focus on healthy, local and sustainable foods...although there was a lot of frying and cream sauces used in the ten dishes the chef teams created.
UPDATE, Jan. 13: The issue of the use of Stunt Vegetables is rocking the Internet.
*Video of the judging courtesy of Food Network.