White House Chefs Up Mean Grits

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imageLaura Bush hired her, but Michelle Obama kept her. And that could mean Cristesta Comerford, the White House chef since 2005, could finally throw some magic. Compared to previous administrations, the Bushes weren’t big on official dinner parties (Dixie and the Danish First Lady don’t mix; Laura liked her privacy, and W didn’t like the pomp or pressure to speak without chuckling). The Bushes threw two, maybe three official dinners. The Obamas are off on a tear, ushering in a new international foodie fest. In fact, it just started Sunday, when they hosted the annual Governor’s Dinner. Here’s what they had cooking.

Before the dinner, the First Lady took a tour a tour of the kitchen with Chef Comerford and a clutch of lucky students from L’Academie de Cuisine to sample a few dishes and desserts, including a citrus salad with watermelon radishes and tiny ice greens, Chesapeake crab agnolotti, Wagyu beef, and Nantucket scallops (First Lady’s fave? the scallops). What else can we expect the Obamas to munch on? “A mean batch of French fries, creamed spinach sans cream.” But the best dirty dish in mind? Well, that’s easy, a plate of “mean waffles and grits that have become a regular staple for some of us.” Meanwhile, don’t ask POTUS about corn dogs or farm subsidies.