WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama and The Food Network finalized a contract this week for a new reality show that will air six months after the end of Obama’s term on January 20th, 2017. The show, titled ‘Executive Order,’ is centered around the launch of an upscale southern-style restaurant by the same name which President Obama plans to open in February 2017 with the help of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
“I’m a southern boy at heart,” The President told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview set to air next week. “I’ve always had a soft spot for southern heritage, particularly in the Deep South. They know a thing or two about hospitality and comfort food down there.”
Obama, an avid chef, said he’s been known to spend hours in the White House kitchen experimenting with different recipes. “I’ll tell my secretary, ‘Hold my calls, cancel my meetings, I’ve gotta cook,” the Commander-in-Chief said with a laugh, adding that he once asked Vice President Biden to sit in on a National Security Council meeting for him so he could spend the day smoking a pork shoulder.
On the topic of Executive Order, President Obama said the upscale establishment offers a wide range of “delectable southern-style dishes presented in a modern yet minimalist atmosphere.” Catered toward “the discriminating dining connoisseur,” Executive Order offers a seasonal tasting menu for $175 and carries a full menu with first course options beginning at $28 and entrees at $56. “Unlike my Affordable Care Act, it’s not meant for everyone,” Obama said.
While not every American can enjoy the fruits of Obama’s labor, the President told Anderson Cooper that the lower class still have the opportunity to benefit. “We buy all our ingredients from local farmers,” the President said. “Meats, poultry, produce, fruits. It’s all bought locally. It’s our way of saying thanks and giving back to the community.”
In addition to a first-rate menu, Executive Order boasts a full bar serving over three thousand craft beers and select wines from around the world. “We also offer our own Signature cocktail selection,” Obama said. “I don’t want to disclose classified information,” he joked, “but one of my personal favorites, The Boehner, is a whiskey sour that is unlike any you’ve had before.”
The Food Network will follow President Obama and his staff, made up of former presidential campaign organizers and select administration officials, from the very beginning. The show is projected to become The Food Network’s highest grossing show of all time, with President Obama set to make an estimated $32 million dollars from the first season alone.