On Janurary 3, 2010, there’s going to be a very special episode of Iron Chef America that host Alton Brown advises, “you simply will not want to miss.” The secret ingredient in this episode's competition is “of national importance.” It’s something from the White House kitchen garden.

Michelle Obama will be making an appearance on this Super Chef Battle, but she won’t be competing. White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford will be teaming with Iron Chef Bobby Flay to battle it out with Iron Chef Mario Batali who is teamed with Super Chef Emeril Lagasse.

This sounds like a whole lot of fun to me. If you’ve never watched the Iron Chef, it’s usually a competition between one of the Iron Chefs and one other well-known chef who have to create dishes from a secret ingredient – one that is not known to them until minutes before the timed competition starts. Part of the fun is watching them run around their cooking areas trying to get things done, and the other part of the fun is listening to Alton Brown trying to comment on a cooking show like it’s a sporting event.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Michelle Obama: An iron chef?
The first lady and her kitchen garden to be featured on <i>Iron Chef America.</i>