February 23rd, 2009
01:40 PM ET
3 years ago

What's cooking in the WH kitchen?

Michelle Obama invited six L'Academie de Cuisine students to attend Sunday's menu briefing, explaining the dinner's various courses and introducing them to the White House executive chef.
Michelle Obama invited six L'Academie de Cuisine students to attend Sunday's menu briefing, explaining the dinner's various courses and introducing them to the White House executive chef.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Michelle Obama invited six Maryland culinary school students into the executive kitchen Sunday before the president and first lady hosted their first state dinner.

Obama allowed the top-ranked L'Academie de Cuisine students to attend the menu briefing, explaining the dinner's various courses and introducing them to the White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford. While meeting with the culinary apprentices, the first lady weighed in on locally grown foods and opened up about a struggle that most moms face - how to coax children into eating their vegetables.

"When you grow something yourself and it's close and it's local, oftentimes it tastes really good," Mrs. Obama said. "And when you're dealing with kids, for example, you want to get them to try that carrot. Well, if it tastes like a real carrot and it's really sweet, they're going to think that it's a piece of candy. So my kids are more inclined to try different vegetables if they're fresh and local and delicious."

The first lady said the goal of the event was to "showcase some of this talent," so the students met head pastry chef Bill Yosses, the culinary artist responsible for preparing a first family favorite - the White House huckleberry cobbler.

“Maybe one day you guys might wind up being a White House chef,” White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers told the group.


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  1. Anonymous

    no corporate politics- "1984 – the pigs are in the farmhouse folks!"

    Talk about mixing your political books. 1984 is a science fiction about communism. And 'big brother'

    Pigs in the farm house is a reference to Animal Farm, which is a metaphor for Nazi Germany. Read a little more before posting your ideological references please...

    February 23, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. Nicole

    I love reading the comments posted here by all the Michelle Obama haters – its give me my laugh of the day. You shouldn't allow jealousy and hatred to cloud your thinking so much. It's only a dinner; you would think she was making a policy decision or something.

    February 23, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. Brian

    I hope my invitation for lunch at the White House is in the mail. :D

    February 23, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. chuck

    BEWARE WITH BOBBY GINDAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMERICA DO NOT TRUST THIS NATIVE SON WITH INDIAN BLOODLINE. IT WILL BE TOTAL DISASTER FOR AMERICANS IF HE IS GIVEN ANY CONSIDERATIONS. AMERICA IS NOT INDIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 23, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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