Iron Chef Fibs: Veggies Not From Obama Garden

Food Network backtracks about Michelle Obama episode
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2010 5:51 PM CST

(Newser) – The Iron Chef America episode featuring Michelle Obama and her White House produce drew more viewers to the Food Network than any other program in network history—about 7.6 million tuned in. One problem: The produce used in the show by top chefs such as Emeril Lagasse and Bobby Flay wasn't actually from the Obama garden, despite promos to the contrary and images of the chefs plucking fruits and veggies from there.

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The main reason is that the Obama garden is in DC and the show is filmed in New York. "Due to the production delay between the shoot at the White House and the shoot at Food Network, the produce used in Kitchen Stadium during the 'Super Chef Battle' was not actually from the White House garden," a network spokeswoman tells the Chicago Tribune.
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