Call it the magic of a junior chef. As Kass mingled with the kids, he described cooking for the president as "the greatest honor a chef can have." "Work hard," he told one eager listener. "Work hard, and I expect to see you back here. Maybe if you're the chef, I'll get an invite to come see you here."
As Michelle Obama addressed the crowd, she stressed that they were "more than equipped" to become leaders – that they already were. "We've seen that when kids like all of you get involved in creating your own healthy meals, the results can be amazing and delicious and fun," she said. "You'll come up with ideas that none of us grownups ever thought of. You'll find new ways to get your families and friends to eat healthy and try new foods. So keep working hard, all right? You guys promise me that? I can't wait to see what you're going to do with your lives in the years to come."