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Michelle Obama appears on Iron Chef America

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Super Chef Emeril Lagasse and Iron Chef Mario Batali take on Iron Chef Bobby Flay and Super White House Chef Comerford on Iron Chef America this Sunday.   There will be a special guest appearance by the First Lady, tasked by the Chairman to give the chefs their special challenge: each team will have to create the ultimate meal for America, using a 'secret ingredient,' according to the Food Network website.

NBC Washington says the First Lady will also talk about her Healthy Kids Initiative.  That's her campaign to reduce childhood obesity through better school lunches, community gardens, farmers' markets and exercise.

The LA Times interviewed White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford, who worked for President George W Bush and now for President Obama. "Kitchen Stadium and the White House, they're both immensely intense in terms of pressure," Comerford said. She quipped that there is, however, one big difference: "One thing that the Kitchen Stadium has is a fog machine." It's used for dramatic effect on TV. "If we could only have that at the White House . . . "

Iron Chef Bobby Flay also talked to the LA Times and said that he was struck most by the relaxed tone of the White House and "how comfortable it is there. You feel family there, you feel an incredible caring. Bo, the dog, is running around. Cooking at the White House, for me, was probably my greatest professional moment.

Judges include chef Nigella Lawson, Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin and actress Jane Seymour.

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