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Chefs hope Obama will encourage sustainable food

Monday, January 26, 2009

U.S. chefs are hoping an Obama administration will mean healthier and more sustainable foods in restaurants
U.S. chefs are hoping an Obama administration will mean healthier and more sustainable foods in restaurants

Some of the nation's top chefs are hoping an Obama presidency will mark a change in the country's eating habits, especially when dining out.

Rick Bayless, owner of one of Obama's favorite Chicago dining spots, Topolobampo, is one of the people who hopes Americans will be encouraged to eat more healthy, try new foods and know where their food is coming from.

"[Obama]'s the kind of diner who wants to taste all sorts of things," Bayless told the Associated Press. "What I'm hoping is that he's going to recognize that we need to do what we can in our country to encourage real food for everyone."

Chefs from around the country are encouraged by the idea that an Obama administration might bring an end to overly processed food, and newly sworn in agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack has given chefs hope by saying he intends to promote nutritious and sustainable foods.

It is fairly well known that Barack Obama is a foodie. Various video clips float around the internet of Obama in 2001 on the Chicago PBS show Check, Please! discussing food.ADNFCR-2034-ID-18992150-ADNFCR

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