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May 12, 2010 07:08 AM

Rick Bayless to prepare a state dinner

Very cool gig for him. The logistics sound nightmarish AND he is doing Oaxacan mole.

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  1. Wow, if I were ever going to pull a Salahi, this would be the one. I'll bet it'll be amazing. For the record, I have no intention of doing so, just in case there are secret service people reading this.:-)

    1. Don't forget, he is not cooking this alone. ;)

      I don't know why anyone would be surprised that he'd be tapped for a dinner of this type. It's common knowledge that Topolobampo is one of the Obamas' favorite restaurants in Chicago.

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      1. re: ChefJune

        The ability to choose chefs this way (and RB would be on top of MY list, I love Topo) must be the second-best perk of being President (the first being being able to have command performances by favorite musicians).

        1. re: buttertart

          I am right there with you buttertart.

          My top 5 "command performance" food wise: RB, Emeril ( I know, its chic to bash him, but he is a hell of a chef), Anita Lo, Dooky Chase, Alice Waters.

          Top 5 "command performance" music wise:

          Bruce Springsteen, Pat Metheny, Bonnie Raitt, Dixie Chicks, Bob Dylan.

          1. re: Phaedrus

            This would make a good thread on its own. Dylan was the first to come to my mind too. Thomas Keller would be awfully nice to have cook for you too!

            1. re: Phaedrus

              Phaedru, I think you mean LEAH Chase. Her husband Dooky has never been the chef. He does the books....

              1. re: ChefJune

                I stand corrected. i think her grand daughter is running the kitchen now.

              2. re: Phaedrus

                Phaedrus, you realize that Alice hasn't cooked in a kitchen (other than her own) for years, right? And "cooking" for her isn't much more than presenting a piece of raw produce...

                1. re: CarrieWas218

                  Good point. I was just brainstorming.

                  1. re: CarrieWas218

                    I don't think Alice has cooked at Chez Panisse for years....

            2. His daughter is on quite a bit of his shows, she has grown up some and, in my humble opinion, more annoying that usual. Wonder if she will be there with him.