Michelle Obama Debuts on Iron Chef
Not surprisingly, White House exec chef wins the day
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2010 6:10 AM CST

(Newser) – Michelle Obama made her much-hyped guest appearance on Iron Chef America last night, in a “Super Chef Battle” featuring the White House executive chef. Cristeta Comerford teamed up with celebrity chef Bobby Flay against the two-celeb team of Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali, while Obama’s role was to rock a bright orange dress and introduce the secret ingredient: “Anything from the White House garden.”

Among their options: eggplant, kohlrabi, and sweet potatoes—which, Obama disclosed, the First Family loves. The dishes, however, involved “a lot of mayo and cream and deep frying,” writes Dawn Fallik in the Wall Street Journal: interesting, considering Obama’s health agenda. The White House chef’s team won with a spread including, among other things, a salad with fried lobster and squid, broccoli clam chowder, and a sweet potato tart.