Cristeta Comerford, White House executive chef, was victorious in a special episode of the Food Network's popular cooking program Iron Chef America.
Comerford is the first Filipino-American to occupy the position. She, along with “Iron Chef” Bobby Flay, won the cooking contest that kicked off the show's new season. They competed against celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali.
First Lady Michelle Obama appeared as a special guest on the two-hour season opener, which challenged chefs to use an ingredient from the White House garden.
For those unfamiliar with the show, it is based on a Japanese cult favorite and has top chefs compete against each other in a timed cook-off using a secret ingredient (Comerford’s episode required anything from the White House garden to be used).
Comerford is the first White House chef to compete on the series.