WASHINGTON — The call for President Obama to influence Americans’ food choices is growing louder. Earlier, chef Alice Waters, owner of renowned Chez Panisse, Berkeley, Calif., and an early advocate of sourcing fresh food locally, had suggested the Obamas plant an organic garden.
Now, other chefs are saying they hope the Obamas will lead a trend toward healthier eating, the Associated Press reports. Rick Bayless, Dan Barber and Lidia Bastianich are among those chefs quoted in an AP story by Mary Clare Jalonick. Dan Barber, chef at New York’s Blue Hill restaurant, said good food needs more publicity, and suggested a few small gestures from the first family could accomplish what chefs have been working on for years.
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