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.