Michelle Obama reveals secret ingredient on Iron Chef America

Daelyn Fortney | 01/03/10

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The battle for culinary supremacy goes to the White House. Clad in a striking carrot orange ensemble, First Lady Michelle Obama will reveal the secret ingredient on Sunday's two-hour episode of "Iron Chef America."

Mrs. Obama will inform the chefs that the secret ingredient for the food competition is anything from the White House Garden. The chef teams are challenged to create five dishes that show off the abundance of fresh foods available in the nation's famous garden.

White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford and Bobby Flay face off against Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse in this organic culinary showdown. The judges include TV chef Nigella Lawson, Olympic gold medal swimmer Natalie Coughlin and actress Jane Seymour. Alton Brown hosts the episode which airs at 8 p.m. ET on the Food Network.

Before the battle began the chefs were able to ask Mrs. Obama a question about the garden. Flay says, "I asked her if there was one ingredient I should not pass up. She promptly said, 'Sweet potatoes.' And the sweet potatoes in that garden are immense. Obviously, we took that cue." The First Lady shared that she and the President are sweet potato lovers.

Michelle Obama becomes the first Presidential wife to appear on a reality TV show. The First Lady will take the opportunity to promote the Healthy Kids Initiative which works to reduce childhood obesity through improved school lunches, farmer's markets, community gardens, and exercise.

What will surely... and unfortunately be an "Iron Chef America" episode ending with dishes containing meat, Michelle Obama's agenda to encourage the country to eat fresh and healthy is a step in the right direction.

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