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Barack Obama's White House Chef

Posted: 11/11/08 06:03 PM ET

To be the White House's resident chef is to truly serve at the pleasure of the president. I don't think I'd want Homaro Cantu's Moto-style cuisine daily, but you never know.

The smart money seems to be on Oprah's former personal chef, Art Smith, Mexican chef Rick Bayless or NBA star Carmelo Anthony's personal chef, Daniel Young.

It's an interesting question when you think about the contextual shift from the delight over a chef's talent and imagination to a potential overload resulting in a late night mac and cheese binge. Could you imagine asking Charlie Trotter to make you a grilled cheese sandwich and potato chips? Or Rick Bayless to just make you a bowl of oatmeal?

Actually, now that I think about it, I remember a dinner at Thomas Keller's restaurant Ad Hoc, in Napa, where I ate some amazing fried chicken. Throughout that day, the locals were actually talking about it and how odd that it wasn't the usual fried chicken day. The allure of simple, comfort food is certainly not lost on the finest chefs. The chocolate chip cookie dough sold at Trotter's To Go, cooked in your own oven, is so good that you will be convinced that there's something worse than butter inside.

I would love to know that a Chicago chef is cooking in the White House so any local chef chosen makes me happy. I don't expect it to be Bayless as it would take him away from his business, but if asked could anyone say no? I mean, if I were Charlie Trotter and was asked I'd do it just to do it.

Why not? I'd just say, "Yes sir. Mr. President, I'll make you that cheese sandwich ..."

Who do you think it will be-- or should be? Choose a chef from the poll below: