Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Celeb Chefs Anne Burell And Ina Garten Will Cook At 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll

White Houses announces six chefs invited to cook at 135th anniversary event...
UPDATE:  CLICK HERE for posts about the guests chefs
First Lady Michelle Obama's office on Tuesday announced via Twitter that six chefs have been invited to cook at the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll next Monday, April 1.   All of the Easter Egg Rolls since 2009 have featured an outdoor Kids' Kitchen, where guest chefs and the White House chefs demonstrate healthy recipes for thrilled crowds.  (Above, Mrs. Obama joined legendary chef Jacques Pépin for a cooking demo at the 2011 Roll)

This year, Food Network stars Anne Burrell and Ina Garten; Washington, DC's Spike Mendelsohn; New York/DC's B. Smith; and Flynn McGarry and Katie Chin, both from Los Angeles, will join the fun.  There will be livestreams from the White House all day during the 135th anniversary Roll, which has the Let's Move! theme 'Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!'  

Since 2010, the entire bottom of the South Lawn beside Mrs. Obama's Kitchen Garden has been devoted to Let's Move! food-related activities during the Easter Egg Rolls, including egg crafts, mini family farmer's markets and bee-keeping and gardening activity booths.   
Spike Mendelsohn owns two restaurants on Capitol Hill, Good Stuff Eatery and We The Pizza, and is the author of a cookbook.  The First Lady has made multiple visits to both his restaurants, and Mendelsohn was also a guest chef at the 2009 Easter Egg Roll.  Good Stuff Eatery features burgers named for President Obama and Mrs. Obama.  (Above, with WH assistant chef Sam Kass at the 2009 Roll)

Anne Burrell has also visited the White House before, and in February she competed in the Great American School Lunch Challenge, an event for the Let's Move! campaign held at Partnership for a Healthier America's child obesity summit in Washington.  She is a bestselling cookbook author and host of Food Network's Worst Cooks in America and Secrets of a Restaurant Chef.

B. Smith owns two restaurants in New York and one in DC, 'B. Smith’s at Union Station,' specializing in Cajun, Creole and Southern food.  She also hosts a talk show with her husband on SiriusXM Urban View channel 128, the B. Smith and 'Thank You Dan' Show.  Smith was last a guest chef at the White House in Februray, when she cooked a special menu in the Navy Mess in honor of Black History Month.  The First Lady also did a Let's Move! third anniversary interview with Smith on her radio show.

Flynn McGarry is already an accomplished chef at age 14, and has cooked at plenty of high-profile events.  He opened Eureka, a supper club, out of his mother's Los Angeles home at age 13, and it is now housed for once monthly forty-person seatings at BierBeisl restaurant in Beverly Hills.  McGarry toured Mrs. Obama's Kitchen Garden last year during an "off the record" visit with Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy Sam Kass.

Ina Garten, host of Food Network's Barefoot Contessa and a series of bestselling cookbooks,  splits her time between Manhattan and East Hampton.  Interestingly, before making cooking her career, Garten worked in the White House's Office of Management and Budget writing nuclear policy analysis during the Carter and Ford administrations.

Katie Chin is a cookbook author, chef, television personality, beverage and food consultant and spokesperson, and "an expert on entertaining and the Asian lifestyle" based in Los Angeles.  She blogs at Thesweetandsourchronicles.com.

Between 30-35,000 guests are expected at this year's event, the largest on the White House social calendar.  

*CLICK HERE for all posts about the 2013 Easter Egg Roll.

*Photos by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama