Live from the 2012 Kids' State Dinner with Sam Kass


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Sam Kass: Hello. My name is Sam Kass.
I am assistant chef here at the White House and welcome to the
east room for the first ever in the history of the White House
kids state dinner.
During lunch.
We are so excited to have kids from all over the country.
One winner from each state and their parent who have won an
incredible honor of coming to have a dinner with the First
Lady of the United States through our partnership with
Epicurious and their healthy cooking contest.
This has -- we got 1200 submissions from all over
the country.
For kids to submit with their parents recipes that were
healthy, creative, and delicious.
And we have had an amazing time.
So after we got all of these submissions Epicurious selected
two from each state that were best met the criteria.
From there, myself, Jose' Andres and a number of other judges
tasted a hundred dishes and over in about a two hour period to
determine the winner.
We really were looking to see what kid used their creative
talents to help put dishes on the plate that not only were
good for you, but were delicious and that kids would love to eat.
So we have had an amazing time.
And if you go to let'smove.gov you can download this cook book
that has all of our very talented young people's recipes.
So right now what you are seeing is kids coming in to make their
way up to the east room to get ready for, for the dinner.
It has been such a pleasure to see these kids and all of their
hard work and their creativity.
And we know just how important it is for kids to get in
involved in eating healthy and living healthier lives.
Right now, one in three of the youngest kids in our, in our
country are going to have diabetes in their lifetime
if we don't turn this around.
And so the First Lady is calling on all of us to unite around our
kids health and support families to lead healthier lives.
And this is what it is all about.
Kids cooking and taking this into their own hands and being
leaders in this is just thrilling.
So we are so excited.
We are making history here today.
And let's see who is coming in right now.
And so I am going to introduce our first guest.
Come here, Haile.
Give me a hug.
Congratulations.
Haile Thomas: Thank you.
Sam Kass: You made it.
So we are going to be talking to all of the people out there.
And so this is Haile Thomas.
So this is the future of our country.
She is a dear friend of mine.
And a tremendous cook.
And has her own cooking show on line.
So will you tell us, please tell us where you are from, how old
you are and then tell me about some of the work that
you are doing.
Haile Thomas: I am from Tucson, Arizona.
I am 11 years old.
And for some of the work that I am doing, I have an on line
cooking show kids can cook.
And basically I host that show with my little sister and we
empower kids to get in the kitchen as this event does too.
And I have healthy girl adventures club, a club for
girls online where we motivate and inspire each
other to get healthy.
And just recently, I am the new spokes person for Hyatt hotels
for kids by kids menu.
Sam Kass: What else can I say?
That is amazing.
So you are helping all of your friends and kids in your, in
your class learn how to cook and get active, is that right?
Haile Thomas: Yes. Absolutely.
I love getting out into the community and showing kids how
to be healthier.
Sam Kass: That is great.
And so one of your recipes is being cooked by White House
chefs right now.
Haile Thomas: Yes.
That is just an honor, really to have it being cooked here.
And served here.
Sam Kass: Isn't it great.
And it is delicious.
I tasted it and I didn't even know it was yours.
I was like, wow, this is incredible.
So I am so happy you are here.
The First Lady is going to be so thrilled to see you.
That is great.
So doesn't it look great in here.
Haile Thomas: Yes, it does.
It looks wonderful.
Thank you.
Sam Kass: Oh, I can't wait.
And then we are going to get to go to the garden after this.
Haile Thomas: That will be really exciting.
I didn't get the garden the last time I was here.
Sam Kass: I know.
Did you know we were going to the garden?
Haile Thomas: Yes, I did.
Sam Kass: Okay. Good.
I just didn't know if I gave away a secret there.
Well, very good.
All right.
Well, have a look around.
You can find your name and we are going to continue on.
I am so happy you are here.
Haile Thomas: Yes, I am very excited as well.
Sam Kass: Where is your mom?
Can we say hello to your mom?
Haile Thomas: Yes, my mom is right here.
Sam Kass: Come on, mom. How are you?
Mrs. Thomas: Hi, nice to see you again.
Sam Kass: Give me a hug.
How's it going?
Mrs. Thomas: It is awesome.
Sam Kass: So congratulations.
Mrs. Thomas: Thank you.
Sam Kass: You must be so proud of this young lady.
Mrs. Thomas: Very proud of her.
She is, she is doing some cool things.
Sam Kass: She is doing great.
Look, she just brought you to the White House.
Mrs. Thomas: For the second time.
(laughter)
Sam Kass: That is great. All right.
Well, have such a great time today.
Mrs. Thomas: Thank you so much.
Haile Thomas: Thank you so much.
Sam Kass: See you soon.
I will see you later.
All right. Let's see.
We have another guest.
From Florida, how are you?
Deborah Goncalves: Good.
Sam Kass: Congratulations.
Deborah Goncalves: Thank you.
Sam Kass: Here. Come on in. Come on over.
What is your name?
Deborah Goncalves: Deborah Goncalves.
Sam Kass: It is such a pleasure to meet you.
My name is Sam and I am a chef here.
What did you cook today?
Triple F a fake fast food.
Sam Kass: Fake fast food.
All right.
Tell me about what, what is that?
Deborah Goncalves: It is a mixture for the bases Bulgar
wheat and ground beef.
Which in the middle, that is the fake burger.
And then in the middle there is spinach and carrots with a slice
of white American cheese.
And then on the side you get a watermelon fries.
Which is watermelons and we cut up fries.
Sam Kass: So creative. That is great.
So how did you come up with that recipe?
Tell me about your process.
Deborah Goncalves: It is a recipe that my grandmother used
to make to my mother.
Yeah, so she just passed it down to me.
And that is how we came up with it.
Sam Kass: That is so great.
Did you ever dream you would be here in the White House?
Deborah Goncalves: No. I never thought about even like going in the front of the
White House, so yeah it is a big thing.
Sam Kass: That is great.
And so do you cook a lot with your family?
Deborah Goncalves: Yeah.
Well, we always have -- like everyone when we eat, everyone
does something in the house which is me and my dad,
and my mom.
We -- everyone cooks something in the house together.
Sam Kass: So when any time you are doing dinner, everybody
has to contribute something?
Deborah Goncalves: Yeah, everyone basically.
Sam Kass: And is this your favorite dish to cook?
Deborah Goncalves: Yeah.
Because I just really like the, the ground beef and
the Bulgar wheat.
Sam Kass: Yeah.
And that is really great how you are integrating healthy
ingredients into something.
And it is like you are not really eating vegetables right?
Deborah Goncalves: It doesn't taste like vegetables.
Sam Kass: That sounds delicious.
Well, that is great.
And do you, do you -- do you have any other favorite dishes
that you love to cook?
Deborah Goncalves: Yeah, I actually like doing MAC and cheese.
Sam Kass: Nice.
How do you do your MAC and cheese?
Deborah Goncalves: Well, it is the pasta and I like mixing different
cheeses like the -- I like mixing the white cheeses,
white American cheeses, also with the yellow cheeses.
And then put it in the oven and just bake it with a crust.
Sam Kass: Nice, I love it.
That sounds delicious.
Well, you are in the east wing of the White House for the first
ever state dinner for kids in the history of the White House.
So congratulations.
We are so proud of you and the First Lady is going to be so
excited to meet you.
Deborah Goncalves: Thank you.
Sam Kass: All right. Have so much fun.
Deborah Goncalves: Thank you.
Sam Kass: Is your dad here?
Can we say hello to him?
Come on over here, sir.
How is it going?
My name is Sam Kass.
What is your name?
Alfonso Goncalves: Alfonso Goncalves.
Sam Kass: Nice to meet you.
And tell me what, what is going through your head today.
Alfonso Goncalves: Well, this is a fantastic day.
It is a memorable day for me.
Wonderful day.
I am so proud for my daughter and the recipient.
This is wonderful day.
Wonderful day.
Sam Kass: You never thought you would be in the White House, would you?
Alfonso Goncalves: No. This is first time.
This is wonderful.
Sam Kass: And where do you guys live?
Alfonso Goncalves: Tampa, Florida.
Sam Kass: In Tampa. That is great.
Very good. My, my grandmother is in Coral Gables.
So I was just down there.
Deborah Goncalves: Nice.
Sam Kass: Yeah, so I get down there a lot.
All right. Well, listen, have so much fun.
It is going to be a great day.
Alfonso Goncalves: Okay, chef.
Thank you so much.
Deborah Goncalves: Thank you.
Sam Kass: Thank you. Amazing.
So you see those kind of strategies are incredible,
integrating healthy ingredients into a burger, but actually it
has Bulgar wheat, vegetables, little cheese.
Couldn't be better than that.
God, I am so excited, I can not wait to taste all of this food.
So let's see who is coming in now.
what is your name?
Logan Kendall: Logan Kendall.
Sam Kass: Logan Kendall. Where are you from?
Logan Kendall: Ohio.
Sam Kass: Where in Ohio?
Logan Kendall: The Cleveland area.
Sam Kass: Nice, Cleveland, Ohio.
So what did you cook that got yourself here today?
Logan Kendall: I made a shredded veggie wrap.
Sam Kass: A shredded veggie wrap.
So what were the ingredients in there?
Logan Kendall: There is a cream cheese and mayo sauce.
You take cream cheese, mayo, some green -- some green
peppers, onions, parsley --
Sam Kass: Nice. That sounds good.
And then you put it in a wrap?
Logan Kendall: Yeah. I spread it on a tortilla or a flat bread.
Put on broccoli slaw and put pepperoni on.
Sam Kass: Broccoli slaw.
Now, there is something serious.
That is great. How old are you?
Logan Kendall: 11.
Sam Kass: 11. So do you like to cook?
Logan Kendall: I love to cook.
Sam Kass: Nice. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Logan Kendall: There are a couple of things I want to be.
Sam Kass: What is the list?
Logan Kendall: A chef, a paleontologist --
Sam Kass: Nice.
I used to dig, I have dug a few dinosaur bones in my life.
And I am a chef, so maybe you know, we could, we could talk
about what is possible.
Logan Kendall: Okay.
Sam Kass: And so do you cook dinner with your family?
Logan Kendall: Sometimes.
Sam Kass: Every once in awhile you help out?
Is this one of your favorite recipes to cook?
Logan Kendall: Yeah.
Sam Kass: What else do you like to do?
Logan Kendall: I do Tae Kwon Do.
Sam Kass: Oh, I was talking about, what other kinds of foods.
But hey, Tae Kwon Do, don't, you know, I hope I don't say
anything inappropriate here.
Did you ever -- can you ever imagine you being
in the White House?
Logan Kendall: No.
Sam Kass: Look at it, it is pretty cool, hum?
You are, you are, you are in the east room of the White House.
There is so much history in this, in this, in this room.
So many important things have happened here.
Presidents give all of their press conferences here.
And there is big parties and different events.
So this is, this is pretty special.
And it is never happened in the history of the White House.
That is pretty great, hum?
Logan Kendall: Yeah.
Sam Kass: You are a part of history.
Is your mom here?
Logan Kendall: Yeah.
Sam Kass: Can we say hello to her?
Come on mom. How are you?
Mrs. Kendall: Fine.
Sam Kass: How is it going?
What is your name?
Mrs. Kendall: Rose Marie Kendall.
Sam Kass: It is a pleasure to meet you.
Have you ever been to the White House before?
Mrs. Kendall: Never.
Sam Kass: This is a pretty big way to come.
Mrs. Kendall: We just had no idea making a veggie wrap would allow
us to be here.
Sam Kass: And here you are in the east room of the White House.
Going to meet -- have you met the First Lady yet?
Logan Kendall: No.
Sam Kass: Going to get to meet the First Lady.
That is pretty incredible hum?
Mrs. Kendall: Yes. He also wants to meet the dog.
Sam Kass: So here is the thing.
Here is the, here is the secret.
Is that Bo is by far the most popular person.
And here we have got.
Nobody is interested -- everybody just wants to see Bo.
We understand, it is okay.
But I am not sure where Bo is but maybe he'll come around.
We'll see.
Sometimes he will just show up.
You never know.
All right.
Well, listen, have a great time.
Enjoy yourself.
This is once in a lifetime and it is going to be so much fun.
Mrs. Kendall: Yeah. We are enjoying ourselves so far.
Sam Kass: Okay.
Mrs. Kendall: It is great. Thank you very much.
Sam Kass: It has been our pleasure.
Have fun. Good job. How are you?
What is your name?
Michael Prados: Michael Prados.
Sam Kass: Pleasure to meet you.
Where are you from?
Michael Prados: I am from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Sam Kass: Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Now, I know he can cook if he is from Baton Rouge.
How old are you?
Michael Prados: I am twelve years old.
Sam Kass: Twelve years old.
I love those shoes, this kid is dapper.
So what did you cook that got you here today?
Michael Prados: Fish tacos.
Sam Kass: Fish tacos.
Who doesn't love fish tacos, right?
So tell me how you made your tacos.
Michael Prados: Well, we let the fish marinate in some soy
sauce and then we pan seared it.
And we had some lime juice, orange juice, some rice wine
vinegar and some oil and we put some cilantro in it.
And we like made a coleslaw and so you can put that on top
of the fish tacos.
Sam Kass: Nice. That sounds delicious.
You don't mind if I cook that for the first family, do you?
Michael Prados: No, sir.
Sam Kass: All right. I may just do that.
I will let you know.
Did you ever think -- have you ever been to the White
House before?
Michael Prados: No, sir.
I have been in Washington, D.C. before but I have never
been in the White House.
Sam Kass: You have never been.
And you know you are here in the east room of the White House.
I mean, so much important things have happened here.
What are you, what are you feeling?
Michael Prados: Nervousness.
Sam Kass: Don't be nervous.
Nothing to be nervous about.
This is all fun.
You are here to have a great time.
You have earned it, you have cooked a really healthy recipe
that is so important because we need you and kids like you all
over the country cooking good healthy food that other, other
young people are going to eat, right?
So they can be strong and healthy and do great
things, right?
And, and so what is, what is the one thing?
Do you have any questions?
Do you have a question for me?
Have you thought of the things you want to know?
Michael Prados: What is your favorite food to cook?
Sam Kass: Good, good question.
See, here is the thing and we are going to get
to go down there.
I get to cook out of the First Lady's garden.
You know, she has a vegetable garden and so depending on what
is coming out of there, those are always my favorite things.
So like right now, we have some tomatoes and a lot of peppers
and herbs so you are going to get to see it.
So that is probably my favorite thing to cook.
But I will say that some of my favorite food to eat
is in Louisiana.
For sure.
Michael Prados: Thanks.
Sam Kass: So listen, is your dad here?
Michael Prados: No. But my grandfather is.
Sam Kass: Your grandfather is here.
Can we say hello to him?
Michael Prados: Sure.
Sam Kass: Why don't we have him come over here.
How is it going sir?
Michael Prados: How are you doing, I am Michael Prados.
Sam Kass: Say that again.
Michael Prados: Michael Prados.
Sam Kass: Pleasure. Great to meet you. How are you?
How you doing? It is pretty great?
Michael Prados: Doing very well.
It is awesome. It really is.
I woke up this morning and it hit me between the eyes that we
are coming to the White House.
Sam Kass: Coming to the White House, going to meet the First Lady.
It is really good.
Michael Prados: Absolutely. Yeah.
Sam Kass: Well, thank you so much for, for joining him.
We are really proud of him and all of these young people that,
it is so important for our country.
So this is really great.
Michael Prados: Thank you so much.
This has been a wonderful event and I hope it spreads to, to
other communities and other folks.
Sam Kass: That is certainly our hope.
So listen, your job is not to be nervous, just to have
a great time.
Because it is going to be absolutely phenomenal and the
food is going to be great.
And you are going to have butlers serving you like this
is all the real deal.
Just like you walked in and there is the reporters, that is
how it really happens at a state dinner.
There is going to be entertainment.
You are going to see a lot of cool stuff, all right?
Having fun?
Michael Prados: Yes, sir.
Sam Kass: All right. Have a good one. All right.
Take care.
Michael Prados: Thank you so much.
Sam Kass: Great to see you.
Wait until you see who is about to come on camera.
Come here my man. Come on over here.
How are you?
Logan Rosene: Good.
Sam Kass: What is your name?
Logan Rosene: Logan.
Sam Kass: Logan, where are you from?
Logan Rosene: North Dakota.
Sam Kass: North Dakota. And how old are you?
Logan Rosene: Eight.
Sam Kass: Logan, what is on your head?
Logan Rosene: A whale.
Sam Kass: A whale. Oh, my goodness.
Can you turn to that camera, so they can see that.
That is some whale if I have ever seen one.
What did you cook to get you here?
Logan Rosene: Turkey vegetable soup.
Sam Kass: Delicious.
And do you like to cook a lot?
Logan Rosene: Yes.
Sam Kass: So tell me about your soup.
What goes in your soup?
Logan Rosene: Turkey and carrots and all sorts of vegetables.
Sam Kass: You can put any kind of a vegetable in there, hum?
And do you love it?
Do you eat it and do you just go crazy for it?
Logan Rosene: Yes.
Sam Kass: Do you help your mom or dad cook at home?
Logan Rosene: Uh-huh.
Sam Kass: What are some of the other things that you cook with them?
Logan Rosene: Pizza.
Sam Kass: Pizza. But good pizza, right?
Logan Rosene: Uh-huh.
Sam Kass: Pizza can be good.
Logan Rosene: I can't really think of anything else.
Sam Kass: That is fine, not a problem.
Are you excited to be here?
You are in the White House.
This is the east, east room of the White House.
It is pretty cool, hum?
Logan Rosene: Yeah, very excited.
Sam Kass: Are you a little nervous?
Logan Rosene: Uh-huh.
Sam Kass: Don't be nervous.
This is all about having fun and celebrating because you really
accomplish a lot.
We are really proud of you.
Logan Rosene: Uh-huh.
Sam Kass: All right.
Who, who brought you here?
Did your mom bring you?
Logan Rosene: Yeah.
Sam Kass: Is she, is she here?
Logan Rosene: Yes.
Sam Kass: Can wesay hello to her?
Logan Rosene: Yeah.
Sam Kass: Come here, mom.
So come over here.
You come, yeah, you come here with your giant whale hat.
Yeah, there you go.
How are you?
Erin Tucker: I am good, thank you.
Sam Kass: What is your name?
Erin Tucker: Erin Tucker.
Sam Kass: So great to have you.
First question is how are you going to get this whale back to,
to home?
Erin Tucker: I don't know if it will pass through security.
We'll have to test that out.
Sam Kass: Well, you must be very proud of him, hum?
Erin Tucker: Very, very proud.
Yup. We are very excited.
Sam Kass: He just won you a trip to the White House.
Erin Tucker: I know. Yeah. Thank you, Logan.
Sam Kass: You should -- you can get a little extra play time
for this, I think.
Well, thank you so much for being here.
He is a great example for the, for the country.
And we are so thrilled.
Erin Tucker: Great. Thank you.
Sam Kass: So have so much fun, all right?
Logan Rosene: Okay.
Sam Kass: No nervous. Just fun.
Got it?
Logan Rosene: Got it.
Sam Kass: All right. What is your name?
Sydney Brown: My name is Sydney Brown.
I am 11 and I am from North Carolina.
Sam Kass: Nice. So great to meet you.
And so what did you cook today?
Sydney Brown: I cooked a meatloaf burger with strawberry
lemonade and zucchini fries.
Sam Kass: I remember this.
And in fact I think we are serving your zucchini fries,
aren't we?
Sydney Brown: Yes, sir.
Sam Kass: That is pretty exciting.
Right now, downstairs, the White House chefs who cook for the
president and First Lady of the United States are cooking your
zucchini fries, how does that make you feel?
Sydney Brown: It makes me feel so excited.
I don't know what to say.
(laughter)
Sam Kass: That is great.
And so do you like to cook a lot at home?
Sydney Brown: Yes, sir.
Sam Kass: What are some of the other things you cook?
Sydney Brown: I cook mac and cheese, cookies, brownies, beef stroganoff.
Sam Kass: Beef stroganoff, that sounds good.
All right.
And what are some of your favorite vegetables?
Sydney Brown: I love zucchini, broccoli, peas and cabbage.
Sam Kass: That is my kind of lady.
I like it.
And have you ever been to the White House before?
Sydney Brown: No, sir.
Sam Kass: This is a pretty good way to make your first trip.
Sydney Brown: Yes, sir.
Sam Kass: Are you a little nervous?
Sydney Brown: No, sir.
Sam Kass: Nice, good. My first one. I like that.
Is your mom here?
Sydney Brown: Yes, sir.
Sam Kass: Can we say hello to her?
Sydney Brown: Yes, sir.
Sam Kass: Come on over here.
How are you? What is your name?
LaTonya Brown: LaTonya Brown.
Sam Kass: LaTonya, nice to meet you.
Thank you so much for raising such a poised young lady.
LaTonya Brown: Thank you for having us.
Sam Kass: Are you excited to be here?
LaTonya Brown: Absolutely.
Sam Kass: It is pretty great, pretty great moment.
So you guys cook a lot together?
LaTonya Brown: We do. We do.
I couldn't get her out of my kitchen once she turned three.
So she has been stuck there since then.
Sam Kass: I love that.
That is fantastic.
Well, keep cooking because we really need all of your help and
inspiration for the rest of the country because we, it is really
important that, that young people are getting good healthy
food to grow up strong and do big things, right?
LaTonya Brown: That is correct.
Sam Kass: All right.
Well, thank you so much for being here.
Have such a great time, okay?
Sydney Brown: Thank you.
Sam Kass: All right. Who are you?
What is your name, sir?
Michael Lakind: Michael Lakind.
Sam Kass: Michael?
Michael Lakind: Lakind.
Sam Kass: Great to meet you.
And how old are you?
Michael Lakind: Nine.
Sam Kass: And where are you from?
Michael Lakind: Sugarland, Texas.
Sam Kass: Sugarland, Texas.
I love it.
I know they have got some good food down in Sugarland, Texas.
Michael Lakind: Yeah, they do.
Sam Kass: Yeah, what is -- what did you -- are you a little nervous?
Michael Lakind: Yeah, a little bit.
Sam Kass: Listen, don't be nervous.
It is all good.
We are having fun here.
Michael Lakind: Yes, we are.
Sam Kass: This is all about fun.
You are in the east room of the White House.
It is a pretty cool, right?
Michael Lakind: Yeah, sure it is.
Sam Kass: And what did you cook to get yourself here?
Michael Lakind: I made Bunny bisque and secret service super salad.
Sam Kass: Bunny biscuits and secret service super salad.
Michael Lakind: It is Bunny bisque.
Sam Kass: Oh, Bunny bisque.
Excuse me. That's right. That's right.
I remember actually.
I do remember the secret service super salad.
What goes into a secret service super salad and will it make you
a secret service agent?
Michael Lakind: Not likely.
Sam Kass: Okay. So what are the ingredients?
Michael Lakind: Spinach leaves, herb grilled chicken,
strawberries, purple onion, feta cheese,
and balsamic vinaigrette.
Sam Kass: That is what I am talking about.
That sounds delicious.
Would you mind if I use that recipe to serve it to the
President and the First Lady?
Michael Lakind: That would be awesome.
Sam Kass: All right.
I just might have to do that.
We have got a lot of secret service agents around here
too so maybe I will make a salad for them.
What do you think?
Michael Lakind: That will be great.
Sam Kass: Nice. Well, listen, this is a -- you are part of history today.
And so that means you have got to have fun.
We have never in the history of the White House, had a kids
state dinner.
Ever.
That is pretty cool, right?
Michael Lakind: Yes, it is.
Sam Kass: All right.
So your job today is to have fun and just to relax and let
it out, okay?
Michael Lakind: Great.
Sam Kass: Is your mom here?
Michael Lakind: Yeah, she's here.
Sam Kass: Can we -- don't you think we should say hello to her?
Michael Lakind: Sure.
Sam Kass: All right. Come on, mom.
How are you?
Toni Lakind: I'm good. How are you?
Sam Kass: What's your name?
Toni Lakind: Toni.
Sam Kass: Toni, great to meet you.
What a young man you have.
He's fantastic.
Toni Lakind: I know, and you are one of his idols.
So this is extra special.
Sam Kass: That's great.
And so do you guys -- yeah, that's it.
Nicely done.
He knows all about the George Washington painting.
That's great.
You're here, so you get to take it in.
This China that you're using today,
that's the Reagan China.
That is real White House China.
All right.
Well, thank you so much for bringing him.
We're so excited here.
We're very proud of you.
And got to keep cooking for me, okay?
Michael Lakind: Of course.
Sam Kass: All right.
You guys have so much fun.
It's going to be great.
Toni Lakind: Thank you. It's an honor.
Sam Kass: Welcome back to the Kids' State Dinner.
We're having an absolute ball.
Right now you hear in the background the Marine Band
is playing kids tunes.
I heard Under the Sea at one point, and it's been
so much fun.
Here with me is Tanya Steel from Epicurious whose idea
this was and has been absolutely instrumental
in bringing this to fruition.
Thank you so much.
It's been already an amazing day.
So what got you thinking about wanting to do this?
Tanya Steel: You know, getting kids to eat healthy and cook has been a huge
passion of mine for a long time.
I'm a mom.
I have twin 14-year-olds.
And when they were born, even though I was in the food
profession, I realized, wait a minute, I don't know how to
feed them healthy foods.
And so it began kind of a lifelong passion
for educating kids.
And at Epicurious we try to educate people, adults and
kids, all the time about how to eat healthy.
So I think about two years ago I thought about what is
a great way to inspire kids?
A healthy recipe contest.
And what would be the ultimate prize?
A kids' day dinner at the White House.
I can't believe it's actually happening.
I can't believe it.
Sam Kass: It's absolutely amazing.
So, describe a little bit of the process about how you
actually put this together and all the collaboration
that's gone into it.
Tanya Steel: Oh, my God.
We've had an amazing team.
We work with the USDA, and the Department of Education, and
Let's Move, and the First Lady's office, and we all
as a team created this contest and put it up.
And we got 1200 entries from around the country, and even
as far away as Bombay, India, which is amazing.
Sam Kass: Wow!
Tanya Steel: Yeah, and their entries were really
sophisticated and creative and original.
And it was so hard to narrow down which ones
were the right ones.
And we chose by state.
And then we did the judging, the two final -- and you
remember that.
You barely can, you know.
Sam Kass: There's no way we'll ever forget that.
So, Tanya and I and a couple others tasted 100 different
meals, 800 different meals, in about, what,
two hours or something?
Tanya Steel: Yes. Yeah, it was unbelievable.
It was herculean, I have to say, and thank God for
D.C. Central Kitchen who really helped us pull it off.
Sam Kass: Yeah, D.C. Central Kitchen is one of the most incredible
organizations I know, do great work in providing food to those
who don't have it, but also job training and education so people
really can get skills to have a much better future
in their lives.
And so they took on this task of cooking 100 different
meals, complicated meals, and putting them all together and
getting them out to us so that they were still warm and fresh
and delicious, which I don't think I've ever seen anything
like that done.
It's just unbelievable.
Tanya Steel: It was.
It was an amazing assembly line, and they put out 10,000
meals a today.
So I thought, if anyone could do it, it could be them.
Sam Kass: It was absolutely incredible.
And so, you know, from there we narrowed it down.
And boy, that was hard, wasn't it?
Tanya Steel: It was incredibly hard.
You know, there were so many great entries.
And so I thought it very difficult.
But I think what we came up with were fantastic winners.
But, you know what, honestly, all of them are winners just
for entering, you know, because it really gets them to
think about eating healthy every day of their lives.
Sam Kass: Yeah, that's right.
So, well, thank you so much for your leadership
and your vision.
And this is a dream.
We're making history today.
Tanya Steel: We are. It's a beautiful thing.
Thank you so much, Sam.
Sam Kass: All right. Well, have fun.
I'll see you soon. All right.
I have a special guest to come talk to me.
Come on over here.
And let me tell you why he's so special.
What's your name?
Sam: Sam.
Sam Kass: Uh-huh. Awesome name.
Sam, where are you from?
Sam: I'm from Maryland.
Sam Kass: You're from Maryland.
And how old are you?
Sam: Ten.
Sam Kass: Ten years old.
And what did you cook to get your self here today?
Sam: I cooked -- well, my mom cooked tofu with green
onions and sugar snap peas.
Sam Kass: But you were helping her come up with that, right?
Sam: Yes.
Sam Kass: Yeah, of course.
That's why you're here.
And do you like tofu and sugar snap peas and all that stuff,
that's one of your favorites?
Sam: Yes.
Sam Kass: Do you help her cook a lot?
Sam: No.
Sam Kass: No, you don't?
But you got yourself in the kitchen this time, right?
Sam: Yes.
Sam Kass: Good deal.
Well, are you having fun?
Sam: Yeah, I am.
Sam Kass: Good deal.
Well, listen, have a great time in there.
Enjoy the food.
And we'll see you when we're going down
to the garden, okay?
Sam: Thank you.
Sam Kass: All right. Have fun. All right.
So right now all of the kids are lined up.
A lot of them have these crazy balloon things that you're
seeing, and they are heading in to take a photo with the
First Lady, which is a dream come true for so many.
I have another guest.
Come on over here.
What's your name?
Stefani Shimomura-Sakamoto: Stefani.
Sam Kass: Wow, and Stefani where are you from?
I think I can guess it with all those beautiful flowers.
Stefani Shimomura-Sakamoto: I'm from Oahu.
Sam Kass: Oahu in Hawaii.
You have come a long way to be here, huh?
Stefani Shimomura-Sakamoto: Yes.
Sam Kass: How long was the flight?
Stefani Shimomura-Sakamoto: About ten hours.
Sam Kass: Ten hours. Are you tired?
Stefani Shimomura-Sakamoto: Not too much.
Sam Kass: You're feeling pretty, excited, right?
So, what did you cook?
Stefani Shimomura-Sakamoto: I cooked scrumptious salmon salad.
Sam Kass: Scrumptious salmon salad.
Now, that just sounds absolutely delicious.
And what goes in your salmon salad?
Stefani Shimomura-Sakamoto: I have lots of like my favorite fruits.
I have light cheese, strawberries, bananas, apples,
oranges and pineapple.
Sam Kass: That sounds absolutely delicious.
And do you like to cook a lot?
Stefani Shimomura-Sakamoto: Yes.
Sam Kass: That's great.
What are some of the other things you cook?
Stefani Shimomura-Sakamoto: I like to cook some pasta for my family sometimes,
and I also do 4H, so I like to cook like cheesecake.
Sam Kass: Wow, that sounds good.
And do you know what you want to be when you grow up?
Stefani Shimomura-Sakamoto: Maybe a chef or a lawyer.
Sam Kass: Chef or a lawyer, those are two very different paths,
let me tell you.
But either one you're going to do great.
Keep working hard at school, and have a
great time today, okay?
Stefani Shimomura-Sakamoto: Thank you.
Sam Kass: All right. Have fun. Bye.
So who is next? Come on.
This is a special person. Why?
Because where are you from?
Ilianna Gonzales-Evans: D.C.
Sam Kass: D.C., she is from our home city.
So, what's your name?
Ilianna Gonzales-Evans: Ilianna Gonzales-Evans.
Sam Kass: And how old are you?
Ilianna Gonzales-Evans: Eleven.
Sam Kass: And what grade are you going into?
Ilianna Gonzales-Evans: Sixth.
Sam Kass: And we're starting a new school, right?
Ilianna Gonzales-Evans: Yeah, D.C. BASIS.
Sam Kass: D.C. BASIS.
And are you feeling good?
Are you a little nervous?
Ilianna Gonzales-Evans: Yeah.
Sam Kass: That's okay.
You're always a little nervous the first day, but then it's
going to be great.
So what did you cook?
Ilianna Gonzales-Evans: A Mexican wrap.
Sam Kass: Mexican wrap.
What went into your wrap?
Ilianna Gonzales-Evans: Well, my grandma, she taught me how to cook tortillas,
and so I just added vegetables and turkey bacon.
Sam Kass: Vegetables and turkey bacon, that sounds delicious.
So it's like traditional, like your grandma made it,
but healthier because of the way you're doing it, right?
Ilianna Gonzales-Evans: Yeah.
Sam Kass: That's exactly what we're trying to do here.
This is exactly our hope is taking all those great
tradition and culture and making it healthy
and delicious, right?
Ilianna Gonzales-Evans: Yeah.
Sam Kass: Are you having fun?
Ilianna Gonzales-Evans: Yes.
Sam Kass: Have you seen the First Lady yet?
Ilianna Gonzales-Evans: Yeah.
Sam Kass: Was that awesome?
Ilianna Gonzales-Evans: Yeah.
She said I'm sitting right next to her.
Sam Kass: Whoa, you got the lucky seat, huh?
Nice.
All right, well, have so much fun, okay?
Ilianna Gonzales-Evans: Okay.
Sam Kass: All right. Bye-bye.
Ilianna Gonzales-Evans: Bye.
Sam Kass: That's great. She's a lucky one.
I want to meet a good friend of mine.
How are you sir?
Mike Curtin: Excellent. How are you doing?
Sam Kass: Mike Curtin from the D.C. Central Kitchen.
This man did so much to help make today happen, cooking all
the food, but does absolutely heroes work in making sure
that people get the food that they need and the job training
to make sure they live successful lives.
Tell us a little bit about your work.
Mike Curtin: Thank you, Sam.
Well, at the kitchen we believe waste is wrong,
whether that waist is food, productive minds, or space.
So we collect unused food that would be thrown away, take it
back to the kitchen, prepare about 50 to 100 meals a day
that we then send out to shelters, transition homes,
halfway houses.
But more importantly, we run a culinary job training program
for men and women coming out of prison in recovery from
addiction to help them break the cycle of homelessness,
hunger and poverty on their own.
And then we've created a whole portfolio of social enterprise
businesses, including locally source scratch cook school
food, which is something we're really, really proud of and
focusing on now.
Sam Kass: It's just amazing.
If anybody is ever in DC, the work you're doing is
truly an inspiration.
And thank you.
And thank you for doing this.
Give us a little insight of what it actually took to cook
100 different menu items for us to taste in a matter of a
couple of hours.
Mike Curtin: Yeah, and I think it was a little more than 100, wasn't it?
It seemed like that anyway.
But, I tell you, these things, they always, it's a little
more difficult than it seems like it should be.
But when you have I think it was close to 200 these crazy
recipes from all over the country, and every one of
them is a little bit the same but a little bit different.
So it's starting from scratch every single time.
But it was fun.
It was really great to see the creativity that the kids had
and really important I think to see how invested kids are
in understanding the connection between nutrition
and education in their future.
I think that was really a powerful thing and then spend
something time with you and Jose during the judging.
Thank goodness I did not have to eat all of them.
Sam Kass: Yeah, that was fun.
I have never tasted so many dishes in my whole life, but
it was well worth it.
It was well worth it.
Well, listen, thank you for all that you've done and that
you do.
Mike Curtin: Thank you, Sam.
Sam Kass: And have a great time here.
Mike Curtin: Thank you. We will. Take care.
Sam Kass: All right. Bye-bye.
Unbelievable organization, D.C. Central Kitchen.
Who is this young person?
Come on over here.
What's your name?
Aaron Blust: Aaron.
Sam Kass: What is it, again?
Aaron Blust: Aaron Blust.
Sam Kass: Aaron, and where are you from?
Aaron Blust: I'm from Juneau, Alaska.
Sam Kass: Alaska.
Man, you've come a long way, huh?
Aaron Blust: Yep, a long, long ways.
Sam Kass: And how long was the trip?
Aaron Blust: It was about -- we flew to Seattle,
and then from Seattle to here.
It was about seven hours all together.
Sam Kass: Have you ever been to Washington before?
Aaron Blust: No. This is my first time.
Sam Kass: This is a pretty good way to come here for the
first time, right?
Aaron Blust: Yep, very good.
Sam Kass: You're in the White House.
You know, the President, he'll walk -- normally like when he
has a big thing, he'll walk right down here and he'll give
big speeches right there.
Aaron Blust: Wow!
Sam Kass: It's pretty cool, huh?
Aaron Blust: Wow, yeah.
Sam Kass: Pretty amazing.
And so what did you cook?
Aaron Blust: I cooked salmon teriyaki wrap.
Sam Kass: That sounds delicious.
There's a lot of salmon up there in Alaska, right?
Aaron Blust: A lot of salmon.
Sam Kass: And, so, did you use a whole wheat tortilla?
Aaron Blust: Um, sort of.
Sam Kass: A regular tortilla.
And then what did you put in it?
Aaron Blust: Yeah, and then we put vegetables and salmon,
of course, and all sorts of stuff, rice and teriyaki.
Sam Kass: Man, that sounds delicious.
Aaron Blust: Yeah.
Sam Kass: Do you mind if I maybe serve that to the President and First
Lady one day?
Aaron Blust: No.
Sam Kass: I can do that? Nice.
All right, well, listen, have fun.
Aaron Blust: Okay.
Sam Kass: It's going to be great, and we're very proud of you.
Thank you so much for all you're doing.
Aaron Blust: Thank you.
Sam Kass: All right. Who is next?
Come here. How are you?
Avery McNew: Good.
Sam Kass: What's your name?
Avery McNew: My name is Avery McNew.
Sam Kass: And where are you from?
Avery McNew: I'm from Michigan.
Sam Kass: And how old are you?
Avery McNew: I am 8-1/2.
Sam Kass: 8-1/2.
And so tell me all about what you cooked today.
Avery McNew: I cooked apple oat balls, and the recipe is you
need old-fashioned oats and raisins, cranberries and apples,
and you dump some warm water in, and then you mix
it all with your hands, then shape it into a circle.
And then there is no cooking or anything.
Sam Kass: No cooking.
Avery McNew: So...
Sam Kass: So it's really quick.
Avery McNew: Yeah.
Sam Kass: And they must be delicious.
Avery McNew: They really are.
Sam Kass: I remember tasting them.
They were delicious.
Avery McNew: Yeah.
Sam Kass: And so do you like to eat those all the time?
Avery McNew: Yeah, I love them.
Sam Kass: That's great.
And do you do other cooking at home?
Avery McNew: Yeah. I help my mom make salsa.
Sam Kass: Oh, I love salsa.
Do you like it spicy or mild?
Avery McNew: I like it, you know, mild.
Sam Kass: Mild. Anything else?
Avery McNew: Well, when I want to grow up, I want to be a chef.
Sam Kass: You do? That's great.
Well, it takes a lot of hard work, and you have to do
really good in school.
You need good grades.
Avery McNew: Yeah.
Sam Kass: Right?
Avery McNew: Uh-huh.
Sam Kass: Are you working hard in school?
Avery McNew: Yes.
Sam Kass: What grade are you in?
Avery McNew: I am going into third.
Sam Kass: Nice. That's so great.
Well, congratulations. We're so proud of you.
And it's going to be great in there.
Are you hungry?
Avery McNew: Very.
Sam Kass: I know I'm starving.
It's like, when are we going to eat?
Avery McNew: Yeah.
Sam Kass: All right, well, have fun.
Avery McNew: Thank you.
Sam Kass: All right. Unbelievable, huh?
All right, I think we have one more special guest.
Come on over here.
What is your name?
Arla Sutton: Arla Sutton.
Sam Kass: And where are you from?
Arla Sutton: I'm from Washington.
Sam Kass: The state Washington?
Arla Sutton: Uh-huh.
Sam Kass: Wow, that's a long ways away.
Arla Sutton: Yeah.
Sam Kass: Is this your first time in the White House?
Arla Sutton: Yeah.
Sam Kass: Well, is it the first time to DC?
Arla Sutton: No. I came for Obama's inauguration.
Sam Kass: Oh, very good.
And what did you cook?
Arla Sutton: I cooked salad noodle wraps.
Sam Kass: Great. And what kind of vegetables are in there?
Arla Sutton: There's lettuce and ginger and carrots and you can put
avocado in it if you want.
Sam Kass: That sounds very tasty.
And are you having fun?
Arla Sutton: Yeah.
Sam Kass: What's been your favorite part so far?
Arla Sutton: I don't know.
I really like the pictures with Mrs. Obama.
Sam Kass: That's pretty much as good as it's going to get.
So have a great time.
Enjoy the food.
And we're going to have a fun trip to the garden, okay?
Arla Sutton: Okay.
Sam Kass: All right. I'll see you down there.
Arla Sutton: Okay.
Sam Kass: Bye.
Come on over here.
How's it going? What's your name?
Trey Sims: Trey Sims.
Sam Kass: Trey Sims?
Trey Sims: Yes.
Sam Kass: And where are you from?
Trey Sims: Arkansas.
Sam Kass: Arkansas. And what did you cook?
Trey Sims: Kickin' Chicken salad.
Sam Kass: Kickin' Chicken Salad.
Love that.
And what goes in your Kickin' Chicken salad.
Trey Sims: Spicy grilled chicken, avocado slices,
whole wheat baguette, cucumbers, carrots,
strawberries, blueberries, any kind of fat free dressing that
you like.
Sam Kass: That sounds absolutely delicious.
So you put this -- so you add a little spice and the
strawberries, huh?
Trey Sims: Yes.
Sam Kass: I like that combination.
That's very sophisticated.
And do you do a lot of cooking?
Trey Sims: Quite a bit.
Sam Kass: Have you ever been to Washington before?
Trey Sims: No.
Sam Kass: I guess then you haven't been to the White House before, huh?
Trey Sims: Nope.
Sam Kass: It's pretty exciting, huh?
Trey Sims: Yes.
Sam Kass: Did you get to meet the First Lady?
Trey Sims: Yes.
Sam Kass: How was that?
Trey Sims: It was awesome.
It was truly an honor.
Sam Kass: That's really great.
Well, listen, we're so proud of you.
Keep up the good work.
Are you working hard in school?
Trey Sims: Yes.
Sam Kass: Okay. We're counting on that.
So we're proud of you.
Have a great time.
Are you getting hungry?
Trey Sims: Kind of.
Sam Kass: I'm starving.
It's like, when are we going to serve the food?
So, listen, have fun, and we'll see you in there, okay?
Good job.
Yeah. All right. Two of my favorites.
Come on in here.
These are two very special guests.
I want you to introduce yourselves.
Marshall Reid: Marshall Reid.
I'm the co-author to "Portion Size Me".
Sam Kass: And his wonderful mother.
Alexandria Reid: Alexandria Reid.
Sam Kass: And so, I want you to just, I'm going to let
you tell your own story.
This kid is an inspiration to me, to the First Lady,
to lots of us.
So tell us how you came to write your cookbook.
Marshall Reid: Well, it was really -- I was being bullied
at school, and nobody likes being bullied.
And one day I snapped and said, mom, I got
to do something.
And so I ended up doing the opposite of super size me and
putting videos on YouTube sort of just tracking along
my journey.
And CNN saw it and asked us to be on their show, and while on
their show, a literary agent saw that and said, you got to
put this into book form.
Sam Kass: And so you were putting up new recipes and putting
them on YouTube.
Why were you posting them on YouTube?
Marshall Reid: My dad was in Iraq, and you know there's
a huge time difference, so was an easy way to communicate.
Sam Kass: So you would post up the recipes you were making
so you could be healthier and then posting them so your dad
could see them?
Marshall Reid: Yeah, a lot of them, but also we noticed once we were
putting it up on YouTube that a lot of people came
and watched the videos, and that was sort of a motivator.
Sam Kass: That's incredible.
And so what has this done to how your whole family
eats now?
Alexandria Reid: Well, when my husband returned from Iraq,
we had to get him on board.
That took a little bit of time.
But really we just have six simple goals.
It's all common sense stuff.
And now that all four of us are eating better, we have
more energy.
Marshall claims he does better at school.
And we're just enjoying life a lot better.
It's small simple changes really add up.
Sam Kass: Yeah. We've seen that all over the country.
The First Lady sees that.
You know, little things can make a big difference.
And so you have a very special honor today.
What are you going to do today?
Marshall Reid: I get to introduce the First Lady.
Sam Kass: That is pretty incredible.
How you feeling about that?
Marshall Reid: Crazy.
I really have no clue how it's going to go over, but I think
I'll be able to do it.
Sam Kass: It's going to go over great.
I've read the introduction.
It's amazing.
You're going to be incredible.
You're just going to have a lot of fun in doing it, okay.
Marshall Reid: All right.
Sam Kass: We are so proud of you.
Your book is great.
It's helping so many kids and families across the country.
So keep up the good work and have so much fun in there.
This is really great.
Alexandria Reid: Thank you and the First Lady for motivating all
of us to keep focused.
It's actually your leadership that has helped us.
So thank you very much.
Sam Kass: That means so much.
So have so much fun, okay?
Alexandria Reid: All right, man, good to see you.
All right.
So we are getting ready to start.
As you see, I mean, so many inspirational kids doing
amazing things all over the country.
And we are about to eat.
I'm starving.
All these kids are getting hungry.
So we're going to throw it back to the behind the screens
video of how this all came to be and all the tasting that
went in to make this day happen.
Thank you for being here.
There's going to be a lot more to come.
The First Lady will be speaking soon.
And with that, I'm going to go eat.
So take care.