Always a gracious hostess, First Lady Michelle Obama held the first annual White House "Kids State Dinner," and honored young chefs who cooked winning meals to feed everyone.
Mrs. Obama told America's top junior chefs Monday that the dishes they created prove that fun eating can be "healthy and tasty at the same time."
"Your recipes truly stood out…You came up with dishes that were packed with nutritious, delicious ingredients - dishes that are good for you but more importantly they taste good, too. See? It can happen," she continued.
The event was the latest effort in Mrs. Obama's "Let's Move" campaign to combat childhood obesity with more exercise and a better diet.
The luncheon was crashed however, when President Barack Obama dropped by to applaud the winners and thank them for "spreading the word about healthy eating."
"Usually, I get invited to state dinners…This time I had to crash. I'm an OK cook..I make a very good chili," he joked.
He also warned the youngsters not to drop any table scraps because first dog Bo is on a diet.
The children, who got to bring a parent or grandparent to the White House, were also treated to a performance by Nickelodeon stars Big Time Rush and a tour of the White House kitchen garden.
The contest is a partnership with Epicurious.com and the departments of Education and Agriculture.
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