Before there was a White House chef, Missy Robbins cooked regularly for the Obamas at Spiaggia in Chicago. Now at A Voce, she spoke to Jada Yuan at last night's Beard Awards.
Was it a big deal when the Obamas came into the restaurant?
Okay, I moved to Chicago and didnt know who the hell Obama was. He was a senator when I got there. I mean, I didnt pay attention.
You probably just thought he was a good-looking regular.
My God, he is beautiful.
What could you tell about them via the food they ate?
They have very sophisticated eating habits. Tasting menus. Theyre very open. They let me cook for them one night. They didnt want the last course, so they were open to changing it and they were very open to whatever I wanted to do. Theyre very cool.