Kid chef from Gilbert recounts White House event, meeting first lady

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A Gilbert sixth-grader will have quite the "what I did with my summer" story when he returns to school.

Cody Vasquez recently went to the White House to meet first lady Michelle Obama as part of the Kids' State Dinner.

Cody sat down with 3TV's Scott Pasmore Tuesday morning to chat about his experience and share some photos.

"It was awesome," he told Pasmore. "Getting to meet the first lady has been my dream since I was younger.

"They said you have to address her as Mrs. Obama," he continued, all smiles. "And they said, 'Don't make any sudden movements, don't go to your pockets and don't move too fast.'"

Cody submitted the recipe for his Healthy Shrimp Tacos With Watermelon Jicama Salad to Epicurious and was chosen as the winner from Arizona for all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to attend the Kids' State Dinner and meet the first lady.

The Kids' State Dinner was on July 18.

Cody said not only will he have his own restaurant some day, he also will be the executive chef at the White House.

"I'm going to have both," he said.

In the meantime, he is launching his website, www.KidChefCody.com, later this month.

He has three goals.

  1. Encourage kids to eat healthy.
  2. Encourage kids to try new foods.
  3. Encourage kids and parents to shop local, specifically at farmers markets