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“Iron Chef America” Michelle Obama Garden January 3 2009

Written by Vegetarian Star on Monday, November 9th, 2009 in Chefs, Politicians.

"Iron Chef America" Michelle Obama Garden

"Iron Chef America" Michelle Obama Garden. Photo: New York Times

Iron Chef America will open its season premier on January 3 2009 at the White House using fresh produce from Michelle Obama‘s garden.

The Food Network show hosted by Alton Brown will feature White House chef Cristeta Comerford paired with Bobby Flay to compete against Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse.

The “secret” ingredient the chefs must use in their dishes is anything that grows in the White House garden.

Michelle will also use the opportunity to discuss encouraging children’s healthier eating habits and reducing childhood obesity.

“What’s exciting for us is this is the first time I can remember the White House taking an active interest in doing something about diet and health,” Batali said.

Looking forward to this episode.

Would love to see a cookoff featuring the Obamas and two chefs!

via nytimes.com

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Alton Brown “The Next Iron Chef” 80% Vegetarian

Written by Vegetarian Star on Monday, October 5th, 2009 in Chefs, Food & Drink.

Alton Brown | Credit Jen Segrest Wikimedia Commons

Alton Brown | Credit Jen Segrest Wikimedia Commons

Celebrity chef Alton Brown is no stranger to sustainable eating, taking interest after his then five year old daughter figured out chicken on the plate used to be her cute friend.

Good for children and all their hundreds of endless questions, because Alton describes himself as 80% vegetarian.

So what’s holding Alton back?

The Piven Syndrome.

At mnn.com, Alton says he encourages eating more sustainable fish and claims to keep a can of sardines in his suitcase.

Eww! Bet that suitcase smells worse than his dirty laundry.

Still, 80% is better than nothing and Alton would like to see more people adopt “diversification and seasonality when it comes to choosing vegetables.”

There’s no better way to do seasonal than the Farmer’s Market.

Alton’s new Food Network show, The Next Iron Chef, premiered October 4.

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