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Rick Bayless defends state dinner tweets...with more tweets

Rick Bayless in one of his Chicago restaurants. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

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:

  • "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)"

  • "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.

    Read more about the White House Mexico State Dinner.

  • By The Reliable Source  |  May 20, 2010; 4:42 PM ET
    Categories:  White House State Dinner  
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