This time last year, we noted the first family's extraordinary involvement in the country's growing food culture. But we couldn't foresee how First Lady Michelle Obama would have such a weighty impact on US food policy and school lunch reform in 2010.
After setting a local, sustainable example with their very own White House garden, Obama opened her doors to the Food Network for a truly special episode of Iron Chef America. The administration even released a video detailing the garden's expansion efforts.
Obama's first priority, however, was in public policy. She launched Let's Move, a national campaign to end childhood obesity, and personally appealed to corporate food giants, asking them to produce and market more healthful food for kids.
Notable companies heeded her call: both Kraft and Campbell's slashed sodium, while beverage titans removed full-calorie sodas from schools. Part of the campaign was Chefs Move to Schools, a partnership between chefs and local schools that had the backing of Rachael Ray, Tom Colicchio, and Cat Cora, among others.
But Obama's most groundbreaking moment came earlier this month, when she joined the president and members of Congress to sign the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which created national standards for all food served in schools. Stay tuned to see how she'll take things to the next level in 2011.