It's East Wing Week on TV: The assistant chef kicks it off with a demo of the First Family's favorite snack recipes...
The East Wing is taking over TV this week. On Saturday, Sept. 24th, First Lady Obama will join Nickelodeon teen stars to promote Let's Move! during the Worldwide Day of Play in Washington, DC, which will be televised The next day, Sunday, Sept. 25th, Mrs. Obama stars in the season premiere of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (gardening figures in). Tomorrow, Mrs. Obama's Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives, Sam Kass, kicks the week of TV outings off with a star turn on celebrity chef Rachael Ray's eponymous talk show. (Above: Kass and Ray during filming)
Kass will show Ray some of the healthy snack he makes for the First Family, including Banana Boats and warm Grapefruit with Honey. Former President Bill Clinton is also on the episode, and he and Ray discuss their partnership to improve school lunches across the US. Local show times can be checked here.
Ray visits the White House...
Ray, a major advocate for Let's Move!, joined Mrs. Obama and Kass at the White House for the launch of the Chefs Move to Schools project in June of 2010. Joined by a spate of fellow celebrity chefs, Ray participated in a special harvest of Mrs. Obama's Kitchen Garden. (Above: Ray during the harvest)
"Let's Move is everybody's mantra now," Ray said in a White House video shot during the event. New York chef Marcus Samuelsson, Food Network's chef Cat Cora, and Wholesome Wave Foundation's chef Michel Nischan join her onscreen. Ray later hit Capitol Hill in support of federal child nutrition legislation, a pillar of Mrs. Obama's campaign; President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act into law in December of 2010.
Ray's White House video:
*Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden has also cooked with Ray on her show. The First Lady appeared on the show in 2009.
*Top photo from The Rachael Ray show; second by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama