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CIA director takes a turn in 'Top Chef' limelight

Instead of cloak and dagger, it will be apron and knife.

The CIA takes it turn in the reality television spotlight next Wednesday when the agency's headquarters serves as backdrop for an episode of the Bravo television series, "Top Chef: D.C."

CIA Director Leon E. Panetta, whose parents operated a California restaurant, makes an appearance on the episode, which was filmed at Langley in May.

Panetta "dropped by to say some nice things about the CIA's own outstanding chef, Fred DeFilippo, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America -- the other CIA," according to an agency insider.

"The agency officers on hand, familiar with the cuisines of the world, had a chance to spot and assess some very good food. And the viewers of 'Top Chef' will have a chance to learn a bit about the CIA and the people who serve there."

No word on whether there were after-meal cigars.

By Greg Miller  | August 13, 2010; 6:29 PM ET
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Looks like panetta sees the handwriting on the wall and is going to start a chain of restaurants!! :-)

Posted by: thornegp2626 | August 13, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

And I was sure it would be the OTHER CIA.

The Culinary Institute of America -

Had the US Pentagon consulted the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq ?

They could have gotten real intel - CIA would have said - "That's a recipe for disaster".

And now US may lose it's sovereignty due to Abu Ghraib and Bush era DOJ.

Wow- how FAR we have come.

Posted by: MrSun | August 13, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Not surprising that the doughboy is connected to restaurants. He's a lot more qualified to deal with them, than he is intelligence gathering agencies.
One more Odumbo incompetent, nothing more, despite you WaPo phonies trying to make him out to be something else.

Posted by: LarryG62 | August 13, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

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