Cris Comerford (GLOBAL FWN100™ '13) Cooks Up a Storm During Chinese Presidential Visit

Image credit:  CNTV.CN English . Xinhua/Bao Dandan

Image credit: CNTV.CN English. Xinhua/Bao Dandan

China will have its second State Dinner Friday at the White House, and the Obamas can be expected to honor President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan with both exquisite food and top-notch R&B entertainment.

For the dinner, "Top Chef" competitor Anita Lo, who came in fourth on the show's first season, will join forces with White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford to serve a memorable menu: wild mushroom soup with black truffle, grilled Colorado lamb, and Maine lobster, an item that made an appearance at the Obamas' last State Dinner with China. For dessert, they'll have a poppyseed bread and butter pudding. Chinese touches include the Shaoxing wine served with the soup and the lychee sorbet that is part of the dessert course.

President Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan will be in a dining room outfitted in crimson tones, reflecting a central theme of roses, which the White House says demonstrates "a deep respect for both Chinese and American architecture and landscapes."

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