Michelle Rhee Throws Down…In the Kitchen?


I'm wicked with a broom, but even awesomer with a chef's knife!

by Sara Mead

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has established herself as a force to be reckoned with in education reform. But is she also a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen?

The world will find out on November 12, when Rhee is scheduled to participate in the D.C. version of “TrueFlavors Celebrity Cook-Off” an Iron Chef-style celebrity cooking competition and fundraiser for an organization called TrueChild. (I’d never heard of them, but according to their website they focus on, “helping all children – boys and girls – break through stereotypes so they can be true to themselves and reach their full potential.” FWIW)

Also on the bill–and, I assume, doing most of the cooking–are IFA-beloved Top Chef contestant Carla and cookbook author Delilah Winder.

Both Carla and Winder are chefs in the comfort/soul food vein, but for all the extensive coverage Rhee’s gotten, we haven’t heard much about her food preferences or culinary interests (given her much publicized work hours, I’m guessing she doesn’t do a lot of cooking).

Leading my friend Andy Rotherham to tweet “Michelle Rhee is doing a charity cooking gig w/ a TV celeb chef. What’s the dish? Teacher contract tartare? Soft boiled t’ union leader?”

That doesn’t sound particularly tasty. But probably still better than DCPS school lunch.


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