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The Week in Bites 11th November 2012

The Week in Bites 11th November 2012

This week we brought you a history of the White House chefs, an interview with chef Ben Shewry about his new book and everything you didn't know about vanilla

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All The President's Chefs

This week began with a nod at America during election time. A long line of chefs have served the White House - from the French chef of the Kennedys to the first female chef who now serves the Obamas.

It's an intriguing line up of men, women, sous chefs and pastry chefs who cater to the tastes of the First Family and their honored guests. Not only do they prepare healthy meals that satisfy Michelle Obama but the chefs have also learned to make beer with President Obama's seal of approval.

It's four more years of the Obamas at the White House and as they continue making history so will their chefs...

Ben Shewry: The Honest Chef

From the United States we traveled to Australia for an exclusive interview with acclaimed chef Ben Shewry. A native of New Zealand, Shewry has climbed the ranks and earned his restaurant Attica the 63rd spot on the World's 50 Best Restaurants awards.

Shewry opened up about his book Origins and why he believes the recipe to any dish is honesty. Read the full Q&A to get the scoop on this passionate chef. Keep your eyes out for this one, as we're sure there's more to come from this dedicated culinary master.

What You Didn't Know About Vanilla

From Australia we dove into the exotic history of vanilla. Did you know this spice originated in Mexico? It was brought to Europe in the 1500s by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés.

Vanilla is truly a fascinating spice that is second only to saffron when it comes to price. Although it was once believed to be an aphrodisiac, it is now ironically used to describe a boring sex.

Find out what this spice has in common with Tom Cruise and which variety is the highest quality with our A to Z guide.

In the blog

This week in the blog we presented you a video of René Redzepi's highly requested recipe for grasshopper sauce, the apron that tweets you and the top trends for Thanksgiving 2012.

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