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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soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. HoneyBee

    You are doing good Michelle!

    February 23, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Tee

    OH YES....that answers all my questions.

    February 23, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. LISA

    Love you First Lady! Keep up the good work.

    February 23, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. dimes

    Another great cause for a first lady. How to make kids eat veggies. It shows that you and the president are handling the tough issues.

    February 23, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Fan of Common Sense

    Record nation-killing deficits, gross fiscal irresponsibility, corruption, and a socialist-marxist future for the U.S. That's what's cooking! Yum yum.

    February 23, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Lots of Change

    Can she do ANYTHING without the media deciding that it's newsworthy?

    February 23, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. obama-mama

    What a beautiful first lady.

    February 23, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Rebekah A.

    Michelle is so classy....the fried chicken comments are a little tacky, but whatever. I, like my First Family, will rise above the hate and tacky comments.

    February 23, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Shari, NY

    On the subject of food, I can tell from the way the Obamas carry themselves that they advocate good nutrition. Obesity and related diseases in all age groups are a major problem, and foods loaded with enormous amounts of sodium, sugar and an assortment of SYNTHETIC NOTHINGS are partly to blame. Time for a change.

    February 23, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    The full 25 minute kitchen video is now up on the C-Span website.

    February 23, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. yuri

    Any taste testers? Maka sure no GOP influence ain't there, 'cos, theirs was a poisonously fattenin' diet for the past 8 years, for the fatcat CEOs.

    February 23, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. Shari, NY

    Please, Mrs. Obama, be an advocate for proper nutrition. By the way you your family carry yourseleves, you'd be execellent role models!

    February 23, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Laura, Boston

    It must be nice to be able to throw a dinner party. I wouldn't know since I can't afford to do so.

    What was on the menu at this first dinner? I bet it cost more than my salary for a year.

    Oh yeah...it must be nice!

    February 23, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. What's up Doc?

    Carrotts taste like candy? Where does Obama's baby mama think she lives? The Chocolate factory?

    February 23, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. Lawrence in Detroit

    People don't fall for the fluff! Don't let the noise distract you! The stock market is tanking! Things are falling apart at the seams.

    February 23, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Lillie

    Madam First Lady, you're the BEST!!!

    February 23, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. my

    i just wish I could taste some of the yummy things.... ;-)

    February 23, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. obama-mama

    Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA February 23rd, 2009 3:29 pm ET

    There better be fried chicken on the menu
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    It's better than eating spam that you were probably brought up on.

    February 23, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. Boston Irish

    How condescending can you get!! Explaining to culinary school students how buying fresh and local is the way to go. Good grief, she talks like they don't know anything about food and she knows OH SO MUCH!! They are culinary students, not pre-schoolers.

    February 23, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. PT

    Well done. She (Michelle) is great!

    February 23, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. xylon

    nice to see Michelle engaged no matter what she does she does good!

    February 23, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. Kim

    Good thing I'm not the First Lady. I'd be spending ALL my time in the White House kitchen.

    February 23, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. the idiot

    This is news in the CNN sense only. Had it been Sarah Palin, there would have been over 500 damning liberal responses. The unrestrained liberal bias continues.

    February 23, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. CHANGE we need

    Just like everything else in the WH and the media...a big ole 'poo poo' sandwitch and we are all forced to take a bite!

    February 23, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. cmoore

    Looks good, Mcrib is all I can now afford since the stock market decline on her husband's watch.

    February 23, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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