February 23rd, 2009
01:40 PM ET
7 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. Smith

    As a former chef of some capacity, this is an extraordinary opportunity for these students. Politics and photoshooting for the public eye aside, I consider this a real treat to everyone involved.

    For those who diminish a full-time professional kitchen such as this caliber to a racist "fried chicken" joke... keep your very apparent tiers of ignorance out of this...

    February 23, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Dave

    In the current climate, this is not newsworthy.

    February 23, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Tony

    Millions of people across the country don't know how they are going to put food on the table for their familise, yet we keep seeing these people who have, and continue to get, just get more and more.

    It's disgusting and shameful.

    February 23, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. imagine the possibilities

    I bet that cook is fantastic

    Gumbo, French, Italian


    February 23, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Crapoihiu

    I love it. Mrs. Obama is a great First Lady.

    February 23, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Mike

    Great. Good to see that the WH continues its 5 star menu of food while American families continue to starve and go unemployed.

    February 23, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Crapoihiu

    What's up with you angry people ? Healthy nutrition would do a lot of you good and avoid obesity. I am glad Mrs. Obama is reinforcing that.

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

    THANK YOU First Lady Michele, this is EXACTLY what our First Lady's should be doing is providing open venues between farmers and agencies across with the White House!!

    Wonderful, I hope you continue in your endeavors by reaching out and making the White House more of a "American people's house".

    February 23, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Kel

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

    February 23, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Ken in NC

    @ What's up Doc? "Where does Obama's baby mama think she lives?"

    That is nothing but another unnecessary racist remark that was totally off the hook. Get a life dude.

    February 23, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Beverly, NYC

    The White House once again is the "People's House" What a treat for these students.

    Boston Irish February 23rd, 2009 4:04 pm ET: The remark was not condescending. What's wrong with telling students who probably grew up on fast food and can soups the virtue of fresh grown. My 6 yr old son will not touch a tomato from the store. But he will eat tomatos and any other vegetable he helps me plant and take take care of over the summer.

    February 23, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Obama supporter

    LOL. All you haters of our First Lady, you are pathetic. I was LMAO reading these comments, it's make me laugh because you losers are so nasty and angry but First Lady Michelle Obama is doing a great job. You hate the fact that she is a class act, intellegent and such a warm person you go out of your way to try an insult her. LOL!!!

    February 23, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. renee

    michelle, u r just a sight for sore eyes
    ur hot and classy and smart
    U GO GIRL...we need u 2 lift our spirit in this dire times!!!

    February 23, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. TheMaskedAsshole

    this isn't news.

    February 23, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. July

    I can not stop laughing !! I read so much 'hate' post on EVERYTHING and ANYTHING that has to do with the Obamas. Hhmmm I am getting the feeling that if they go to the bathroom some of you will say

    ' how dare they go to the bathroom when may americans can't even go to their own private bathrooms'

    I mean come on people!!! .... The Obamas are just like the Bush Family .... only they are Dems. The Pres. has every right to do and enjoy the White House just like any other President. HE will use the plane, trian and automobiles and the houses and travel ...... HE has every right .. THEY have every right ... just like the family before them and the family after them.

    February 23, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Alicia Boynton

    What foods grow in the DC area in Jan/Feb? Snow-encrusted Watermelon?

    February 23, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. July

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

    There better be fried chicken on the menu.

    geeeeeeeeeee why stop there! Go for the whole raciest joke. Don't be scare .... oh wait it is scaring you to think you can actually go there.

    February 23, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. July

    cmoore February 23rd, 2009 4:10 pm ET

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

    If you can afford Mcrib then you are making to much money .. honey.

    February 23, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. Boston Irish

    Beverly in NYC – These are CULINARY STUDENTS!!. They are taught about how buying fresh is better than canned and buying local assures it will be fresh. Like I said, NOT pre-schoolers. This is like having some college English majors taking a tour of the White House and out comes Michelle Obama with the comment – "this is the Presidents chair which is a noun. But, it can be a verb if your are chairing a committee." Like I said before – CONDESCENDING!!!!

    February 23, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. July

    What's up Doc? February 23rd, 2009 3:57 pm ET

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

    You might not have heard that nowadays MOTHERS fake the veggies for their kids so they will eat it.!! There are books out there that can help you feed veggies making kids think they are just eating cookies or candies. ....................... idiot!

    February 23, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Marc in Virginia

    Another first!

    February 23, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. SOLID C

    Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA February 23rd, 2009 3:29 pm ET
    There better be fried chicken on the menu.


    February 23, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. Kamri

    It is nice to know that the Obama haters wil be Miserable for the next eight years!

    February 23, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Boston Irish

    Beverly, NYC – These are CULINARY STUDENTS!!! They are taught by the best that buying fresh is better than buying canned and buying local means the freshest it can be. If they were English majors in college, would Michelle Obama take them on a tour and when she gets to the Oval Office, would she say "This is the Presidents chair, which is a noun." Like I said – CONDESCENDING!!!

    February 23, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. greg

    where in the hell did they find huckleberries in chicago,, and yet shes out playing the virgin mary,, telling people yes grow and ye will prosper,,, i cant wait for judgement day

    February 23, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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