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Posts Tagged ‘Mario Batali’

John Oliver Ends Season with a Bang from the ‘Salmon Cannon’

Ahead of his performance tomorrow at “The Concert for Valor” on the National Mall, John Oliver ended the inaugural season of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” with a segment poking fun at a Washington state news story which featured a cannon that could launch salmon over dams.

Oliver gathered an impressive list of his celebrity buddies being shot in the face with the “Salmon Cannon,” including Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Dwight Howard, Seth Meyers, Anderson Cooper, Mario Batali, Rachel Ray, David Letterman, Wanda Sykes, Stephen Colbert, Wayne Brady, Meredith Vieira, and Joel McHale. Even Homer Simpson and R2D2 made appearances.

Don’t forget, “The Concert for Valor” is a free event tomorrow on the National Mall in honor of Veterans Day. (Oliver’s wife Kate Norley is an Iraq War veteran.) Click here for more information.

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Chunky Chefs to Visit White House

flotus+chefs.jpg It’s quite a fete to get the Food Network’s “Iron Chef” to come to your house for a cook off.

It’s another to have that house be the White House, which has been heavily (no pun intended) concentrating on the national problem of obesity, and to invite, well, some fatties over to compete against one another. (Read all about it here on the Obama Foodorama blog.)

But this is the White House. So they can do whatever they want. If anything unseemly happens, surely Secret Service will step in.

On January 3, the Food Network airs the episode in which White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford is paired with celeb chef Bobby Flay to square off against their overweight counterparts: Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse.

Yes, some ingredients will be sought from First Lady Michelle Obama’s famous garden.

Here’s to some good,greasy, fat-filled eating in America. We wonder why that southern chef Paula Deen (who unapologetically whips up fried, high caloric fare) wasn’t invited.

FishbowlDC has sought comment from the White House as well as the Food Network’s Carrie Welch in the public relations office. Stay tuned.