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  • Hell's (White House) Kitchen

       August 14, 2005

    Google News has nearly 250 stories about Laura Bush's choice to be the new White House executive chef, Cristeta Comerford.

    The fact that Comerford is the first woman to hold the position accounts for some of the interest in the story. But, in general, Americans are interested in chefs and cooking. It's weird that a nation that swears by McDonalds also tunes into shows like Hell's Kitchen and supports an entire Food Network.

    Speaking of Hell's Kitchen, I think that both Fox and the White House missed a huge opportunity here. Apparently the White House had a hard time filling the chef position because the pay (between $80,000-100,000) wasn't enough to attract a star. They should have combined their efforts and created their own star.

    Can you imagine a reality show where the winner gets to cook for the White House? How fabulous! Fox would have benefitted with better ratings and the White House would have had an opportunity to showcase the most popular Bush every week. And just think of the guest judges: the twins, Condi Rice, GHWB, the Cheneys and even Barbara Bush (I suspect she'd be the Simon Cowell of the show).

    The only downside I can think of is that the Dems might have agitated for equal time. Although, I think the search for a chef for, say, Teddy Kennedy, would be high comedy. Well, it would be if he were anything like The Simpson's Freddy Quimby, which, of course, I think he is.

    Sometimes I think being a network television executive might very well be the world's easiest job.

    Posted by at August 14, 2005 11:03 PM

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    #  August 19th, 2005 3:01 PM      marcus
    I wonder if she will be serving pancit and chicken chop-chop (aka adobong manok). Hmmmmm masarap!  



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