Iron Chef America Featuring the White House Garden

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So, did you all watch Iron Chef last night?  It was touted as a historical battle of super chefs, including Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, and Emeril Lagasse with White House Chef Cristeta Comerford.  Their asssignment:  to use anything from the White House Garden (and Beehives) to create dishes– locally sourced, organic, sustainable– that would wow America.  I reveled in the shots of the lush White House Garden, filmed last October during the full harvest bloom.  I marveled at the panoply of professional equipment (and sous-chefs) at the Stadium Kitchen where they held the competition. I learned some marvelous techniques, including blanching and pan-frying icicle radishes to complement scallops (which I don’t eat or serve in my kosher home) and also that professionally trained chefs also have trouble with short pastry. The finished four dishes per team were beautiful to behold.

No spoiler here: you could find out about the winning team elsewhere, such as the informative Obama Foodarama website.

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5 Responses to “Iron Chef America Featuring the White House Garden”

  1. Rich Says:

    complement scallops
    Halibut Cheeks, if you can get them, are a reasonable substitute.

  2. Hannah Lee Says:

    From Obama Foodarama [1/5/10]: It may not have been the most epic battle in culinary history, as show host Alton Brown kept telling viewers, but the White House episode of Iron Chef America was a history maker for Food Network. The Nielsen Media Research TV ratings for Sunday night, Jan. 3, were just posted, and the combination of First Lady Michelle Obama, her Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford, and celeb chefs Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, and Emeril Lagasse romping in the White House Kitchen Garden on Sunday’s two-hour season premiere set new viewer records for Food Network.

    Correction: there were ten featured dishes.

  3. Hannah Lee Says:

    From Obama Foodarama [1/10/10]: Cablevision in the New York Tri-State area dropped Food Network from its lineup right before the White House edition of Iron Chef America aired on January 3. Tonight [Sunday], viewers who missed out will be able to see the show when it has a special airing at 8-10 PM ET on both WPIX-TV (New York’s Channel 11) and on WTXX-TV (Hartford’s Channel 20).

  4. Hannah Lee Says:

    From Obama Foodarama [1/10/10]:
    “I think it’s really inspiring to all America to cook something fresh. Our hope is there would be recipes in there that people who are non-vegetable lovers would eventually like. Even with just one vegetable at a time, we can make a difference.”

    –White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford, following her win on Iron Chef America

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