Monday, April 05, 2010

The White House Chefs Play With Their Food At The 2010 Easter Egg Roll

"A great day"
The White House chefs were mobbed with visitors wanting to watch what they were doing, and say hello--and shake hands--at the 2010 Easter Egg Roll, which was a star-studded event attended by some 30,000 guests.

Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford in particular (center of photo above), was treated like a celeb: Moms were holding up their babies to be photographed with her. She's widely recognized, of course, after appearing on the special White House episode of Iron Chef America, and more recently The Martha Stewart Show. The chefs were demo'ing healthy veggie recipes in one of the Play With Your Food stations, the special area of the Roll devoted to food and gardening projects. (Above from L: Assistant Pastry Chef Susie Morrison, Comerford, assistant chef Adam Collick; assistant chef Tafari Campbell)

The chefs were answering questions about healthy foods, and about how they spend their days in the White House. And of course there is the standard question from the curious: What is President Obama's favorite food? (Above: Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses being interviewed at the Roll)

"We had a great day," Comerford said, in late afternoon. "Busy, busy, and people are so interested."

Assistant pastry chef Susie Morrison noted that everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and said the chefs hadn't stopped moving since the first group come through in the early morning.

There was elaborate gardening activity going on, including White House Bee Keeper Charlie Brandts manning his own tented table and talking modern honey issues with guests. More on all the foodiness in upcoming posts... (Above: The view of part of the Play With Your Food area at the Roll)

Related: The full recap of the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll is here. The President and First Lady officially open the event. The First Family Egg Rolls and then hops into the crowd to say hi. Reese Witherspoon Rolls here. New Social Secretary Julianna Smoot in action. Pastry Chef Yosses' Chocolate Farm is here. It was melting by late afternoon due to the day's heat, and was taken back into the White House for safekeeping.The Roll started early and went late this year.

*Photos by Obama Fooodorama