Mario batali bustles around the white house preparing obama’s last state banquet _ daily mail online

Speaking before tonight’s event, Batali said he was not particularly nervous, even though his food will be eaten in a tent, away from his kitchen.

Batali, who sported his trademark ponytail and ever-present orange Crocs as White House officials previewed the menu and decor for Obama’s 13th and final state dinner, said he collaborated on all four courses with executive chef Cristeta Comerford and pastry chef Susie Morrison and their teams.

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