Cristeta Comerford: You're An Iron Chef America Winner

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Being the the first woman and first Asian American and first Filipino White House Executive Chef - sure - that says a little about who Cristeta Comerford is - but really - you've gotta win in Stadium Kitchen to really prove yourself.

Guess that's taken care of.

House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford, 48, and her teammate Chef Bobby Flay defeated Chefs Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali in the Super Chef Battle on Iron Chef America, reports

In the January 3 episode of America’s most popular cooking show, the “secret ingredient" was the newly-planted White House Garden, presented by First Lady Michelle Obama, reports CBS News. The catch? The competing chefs had to dig out the fresh vegetables themselves.

For their winning menu, Comerford and Flay created “a fennel and apple salad with oyster, another salad with lobster and squid, a Filipino-inspired broccoli clam chowder, a barbequed veggie dish, and a meringue sweet potato tart. Flay said, ‘I told her don’t be afraid to use her Filipino background, which have a lot of flavors there,’" according to ABS-CBN News.
I'm just happy I know how to use a microwave and a can opener.