This past Monday, I was lucky enough to participate in the White House’s annual Easter Egg Roll! Each year, the First Lady hosts this family event, which includes hunting for and racing Easter Eggs on the White House Lawn. To see the Obama family in action, all the children enjoying the day’s festivities and a focus on healthy living…was truly incredible!
The American Egg Board has always been involved in the White House Easter celebration, but this year I got to participate as well. Mrs. Obama gave a theme to the event, “Let’s Go Play,” which involved healthy eating for kids. And you gotta include eggs in that! To that end, chefs, including me, were invited to give cooking demonstrations at the “KID’S KITCHEN.” All of the chefs featured recipes that included healthful ingredients and were simple enough for kids to prepare.
My omelets were kid-friendly when it comes to preparation, and they included veggies that – along with the eggs – delivered dynamite nutrition. I invited two youngsters to participate in both of the omelet demos I gave. And participate they did. I showed them the technique and then turned the frying pan over to both of them to make an omelet by themselves from start to finish.
For my first demo I had a 9-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl, both of whom turned out omelets so beautiful that the audience and a couple of the White House chefs who were there couldn’t believe it. Honest! My second demo starred a very precocious 6-year-old boy who wanted to take over the show. I had to rein him in! His partner was a more subdued 7-year-old girl. Again, after I showed them how, both of them made omelets so surprisingly beautiful that I couldn’t believe it. During that demo there was a photographer from the Washington Post taking zillions of pictures that I hope get published because with the kids making the omelets it was all cuter than cute.
By the way, the omelets were filled with low-fat cheese, diced tomatoes, mushrooms and fat-free ham, plus chopped parsley for color. Low-fat, low-cal, and lots of flavor and nutrition.
Though my programs were scheduled for the afternoon, my colleague Elizabeth and I arrived at the White House lawn at 7 am to take it all in and speak with media. That was a new experience for me. An entire section of the lawn was set aside for television networks and local stations and their crews to report on the event. Armed with my omelet pan and spatula, I was able to land three interviews! I guess it helps to be a Guinness Book record holder. Everyone finds that quirky.
A highlight of the day was showing up at the book reading section of the lawn where the president, first lady and their daughters showed up to read stories to a group of children. I wasn’t able to make contact, of course, but it was very thrilling to be within 20 feet or so of the first family. I took pictures until my camera battery died.
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