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Michelle Obama Gives White House Kitchen Tour

Feb 23 2009 - 3:00pm

Yesterday, before the National Governors Association Dinner [1] — President Barack Obama's first official dinner at the White House — First Lady Michelle Obama and White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford [2] opened up the White House kitchen to reporters from the New York Times [3] and top students from L'Academie de Cuisine, a culinary school in nearby Gaithersburg, MD. Along with First Lady Obama, Comerford, Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, and former Obama private chef Sam Kass [4] gave the community an opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes in the White House kitchen before a large event, and even sampled dishes, from citrus salad with watermelon radishes to Chesapeake crab agnolotti. Then the first lady opened up the floor for questions, asking the first: "Actually, how do you become executive chef of the White House?" she inquired. To watch the video and get a glimpse into the White House kitchen, .

Obama also spoke more about the White House kitchen's focus on local produce — as well as the first family's White House dining preferences [5]. For instance, the Nantucket scallops are the president's favorite, while the first lady prefers the "mean waffles and grits." After watching the video, I'm impressed by Michelle Obama's community-outreach efforts as well as her down-to-earth sensibility. Do you agree?

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