Michelle Obama Makes Her Iron Chef Debut

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In two separate pieces, the Times shines a spotlight on both White House chefs. The first article assures us that the Obamas’ cook, Sam Kass, doesn’t just stand around looking like a hot monk — he also has an unprecedented influence on the administration’s food policy, including its “farm-to-school” initiatives. But despite the fact that Kass is one of People’s “Most Beautiful People,” it’ll be White House executive-chef Cristeta Comerford who competes on an upcoming episode of Iron Chef, Marian Burros reports. Also appearing on that episode: Michelle Obama, who will challenge Batali, Flay, et al. to use vegetables from the White House garden. But wait a minute! They don’t actually use veggies from the garden, but rather stand-ins. Meaning, they can’t spare a few sweet potatoes for a national TV appearance? Those agribusiness boosters who complain that urban farming is impractical are sure going to have a ball with this one.