So Rahm Emanuel is in for Chief of Staff. Arnold Schwarzenneger is rumored to be considered for Energy Secretary. Perhaps Colin Powell in Education. But the burning question is – who will be chosen White House Chef? 2 names seem to be flooding the blogosphere: Art Smith and Rick Bayless, both of Chicago. And Michael Pollan has suggested President-Elect Obama consider Alice Waters. Below are links to more about these chefs and also about their great work in the area of nutrition, public health, and support of farmers.
I would be thrilled with any of them – I was hoping to eat at Frontera or Topolobampo (Bayless’s places) before we left Chicago (didn’t happen) but I own one of his excellent cookbooks, Rick Bayless’s Mexican Kitchen. I had some passing contact with Art Smith when his fantastic organization, Common Threads, used space in the church where I worked in Chicago to start up their program, and I often use his cookbook Back to the Table. Alice Waters is a legend in her own time and a force of nature in the slow food movement in this country. Her Chez Panisse Vegetables is a treasure trove of recipes for items from the farmer’s market or garden.
So here’s a chance to vote (again) – you can go with the nominees, or nominate and vote for your own candidate!