'Iron Chef America' Comes to the White House

Set your Tivos and DVRs:  the Food Network is airing a "Super Chef Special" two-hour episode of Iron Chef America on January 3rd that will feature not only the White House Kitchen Garden but First Lady Michelle Obama and White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford.

Food Network celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Bobby Flay and Emeril Lagasse were in Washington last month for the special taping at the White House, confirms the First Lady's office.

In the episode, the chefs are greeted by the First Lady and are given their Super Chef Challenge: "create a meal for America using the White House Kitchen Garden's produce as their secret ingredients," announced the Food Network in a statement.

The chefs will compete in teams: Flay and Comerford versus Batali and Lagasse. Armed with their secret White House Kitchen Garden ingredients, the four chefs then head to New York to 'Kitchen Stadium' for the actual battle.

According to the Food Network statement, "each team must produce five dishes that showcase the ingredients they selected from the garden and that represent the ultimate American meal."

The battle's judges will include chef Nigella Lawson, Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin; and actress Jane Seymour.

Mrs. Obama recently had 5th graders from a local school come to the Garden for a harvesting event.

Since the Garden was planted back in March, it has produced hundreds of pounds of vegetables that the White House chefs use in presidential meals and that the Obama's donate to DC area food pantries.