Rick Bayless defends state dinner tweets...with more tweets
Rick Bayless in one of his Chicago restaurants. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)
"State Dinner@WH went off without hitch.Flavors were mine,but credit 4 sucessful execution of complex service goes 2 WH chefs!amazing talent"
"The First Lady looked so beautiful&couldn't have been more gracious or generous with compliments.I am one of the luckiest guys in the world!"
"All made up rumors of my WH Twitter posting have become tiresome. Wanna know the truth? Here goes (not nearly as titilllating as the rumors)"
Celebrity chef Rick Bayless, who prepared the menu for Wednesday's state dinner, took to Twitter Thursday afternoon for his (perhaps) final thoughts on the process -- defending his previous tweets (he was aggrieved Wednesday by a Chicago Sun-Times story that suggested his Twittering was a problem for the Obama team) and praising the White House kitchen staff:
"Truth 1: I fully understood going into the WH that I wouldn't be posting on Twitter (words or pics) bc of security & respect 4 privacy"
"Truth 2: I never posted anything from the WH. I took pics for myself (as did everyone) but would never post them unless the WH ok'd them"
"Truth 3: the WH never "shut down" my tweeting, bc there was nothing to shut down. I respect their need for privacy and security."
"Truth 4: Chef Cris worked tirelessly 2 procure my challengng ingred. Never easy.I once hosted Japanese chef; getting ingred nearly killed me"
"Truth 5: Chefs Cris & Bill offered warmest welcome I've received in any kitchen. Both expressed appreciation for tech&flavors we shared."
"Truth 6: We learned SO much abt orchestratng formal dinner w fast pick up of highest quality cuisine.WH Staff is better@that than any I know"
"Truth 7:I can't believe I was offered such an honor:Cooking from WH garden,walking thru rose gardn,platng n State Dining Room,servg n E Room"
Uh....thanks, Rick. Now step away from the keyboard and go cook something.
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May 20, 2010; 4:42 PM ET
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