Michelle Obama: First Iron Chef

Michelle Obama tackles nutrition and childhood obesity, Iron Chef-style, from the White House garden...

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First Lady Michelle Obama is not playing when it comes to nutrition and childhood obesity. And now she's taking her agenda to 'Iron Chef'. Or rather, 'Iron Chef' is coming to the White House garden. From The New York Times:

On the episode, which will open the show’s new season Jan. 3 on the Food Network, two pairs of chefs will compete: Cristeta Comerford, the White House executive chef, and Bobby Flay go up against the combined forces of Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse.

In a collision of politics, cooking and popular culture, Michelle Obama will reveal the secret ingredient that the chefs must use in their televised cook-off: anything that grows in the White House garden (no further spoilers here, though). Mrs. Obama will also talk about her crusade to reduce childhood obesity through better school lunches, community gardens, farmers’ markets and exercise, which around the White House has the working title Healthy Kids Initiative.

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amille Johnston, Mrs. Obama’s communications director, sought out “Iron Chef” as a way to reach people who might otherwise know nothing about the first lady’s efforts. Each episode of “Iron Chef America” is seen by almost 1.5 million viewers, and its core audience is 25- to 54-year-olds, publicists for the show say.

If you don't like 'Iron Chef', you probably hate freedom and democracy as well.

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