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Rick Bayless to prepare a state dinner

Phaedrus May 12, 2010 07:08 AM


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

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    dolly52 May 16, 2010 06:23 AM

    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.

    1. ChefJune May 12, 2010 08:30 AM

      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
        buttertart May 12, 2010 09:12 AM

        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
          Phaedrus May 13, 2010 07:07 AM

          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
            buttertart May 13, 2010 07:33 AM

            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
              ChefJune May 13, 2010 10:40 AM

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

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                Phaedrus May 13, 2010 02:19 PM

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

              2. re: Phaedrus
                CarrieWas218 May 14, 2010 01:15 PM

                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
                  Phaedrus May 14, 2010 01:30 PM

                  Good point. I was just brainstorming.

                  1. re: CarrieWas218
                    ChefJune May 17, 2010 07:04 AM

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

            2. chowser May 12, 2010 08:29 AM

              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.:-)

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