Jan 4, 2010

Iron Chef Takes On White House Vegetables

Last night while many here in NJ were watching the New York Jets defeat the Cincinnati Bengals (37-0!), we all gathered around the TV to watch a battle for the best using vegetables, greens and herbs from the White House garden. The contenders were Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse against Bobby Flay and the White House Executive Chef, Cristeta Comerford. Usually we record anything Iron Chef to our DVR to watch when we're ready, but this event we watched live.

We started out at the White House with Alton Brown introducing First Lady Michelle Obama in a very special guest appearance, inviting the chefs to take anything from the garden..with care, of course. It was the first time I'd seen the garden in full bloom, and it was beautiful! I guess the show must have been recorded some time ago, as nothing at the White House would have survived the recent cold and snow.

The kitchen was a frenzy of activity, as always, a few mishaps, like a burned fried turkey on the Batali/Lagasse team, but they managed to compensate for the damages and present some beautiful dishes to the judges.

The winning team was, as I expected, White House Executive Chef Comerford and Bobby Flay...I mean how can you let a White House Chef lose? Seriously though, I believe their dishes focused more on the ingredients from the garden, and the unique dessert which incorporated Sweet Potatoes, the one food from the White House garden that Michelle Obama said was a Presidential favorite, was the icing on the cake for this team.

If you go to the Iron Chef America: Food Network right now, you should find the information and other features about last nights event...but later, it may move off the front page of the site and you'll have to search a bit.

Updated 3/22/16

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