World leader eats what?
May 27th, 2011
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As world leaders convene in France for the annual G8 Summit, Food & Wine's restaurant editor Kate Krader divulges some top dogs' favored noshes.

Barack Obama: Hamburgers
One of the many DC burger joints he frequents is Good Stuff Eatery, where Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn created the Prez Obama burger and the Michelle Melt for the president’s wife.

Nicolas Sarkozy: Chocolate
At least, according to the renowned French chef Alain Ducasse. Ducasse says that the French president likes yogurt, too.

David Cameron: Spicy sausage pasta
That’s the recipe he’s contributing to an upcoming charity book, the Scrummy World Cookbook. In his introduction to the recipe, the UK prime minister thanked the River Café Cook Book, calling his dish a shortened and simplified version.

Vladimir Putin: Ice cream
Food & Wine contributor Anya von Bremzen, in Moscow working on her forthcoming book, Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking, reports that the Russian prime minister is a pistachio ice-cream fanatic. Is it odd to eat ice cream in a place that’s so cold so much of the year? “People of that Soviet generation love ice cream,” says von Bremzen. “We all ate it in winter, even though our parents forbade it because of the cold.”

Mr. Putin is not scheduled to attend the G8 Summit. Rather, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev will stand in - and perhaps reprise his 2010 Ray's Hell Burger jaunt with Mr. Obama.

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  1. penis joe

    So they eat and poo like the rest of us, Putin and Obama are best of friends and have shown Pistachio ice cream sits well on top of a cheese burger

    May 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  2. nnahoaowha

    in my country leaders eat you!

    May 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  3. can america become anymore of a joke?

    Isnt michelle obama running campaigns against fatty foods and telling you to eat right...? yet you always see her eating ribs, drinking grape sodas, fried chicken, and patty melts. talk about a hypocritical biznitch.

    May 29, 2011 at 3:29 am |
    • Rachel

      Why wonder_adding your 2 cents, adds to the image so many of us americans give others. We are the "ugly americans" because we are rude, crass and as you've shown dirt bag, keeping our mouths filled not so much with food_, but pompus
      self-righteous blabbering! Hope I answered your question. And, by the way_that's NOT Mrs. Obama in the picture. You must need eye glasses too!

      May 30, 2011 at 6:55 am |
  4. Teen Age Mutant Rodent Bung Super/fighters

    We love pizza boats thats our favorite food for rodent bung crime fighting !! PEPERONI is the best !!

    May 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  5. rao

    That was not news... Shame on you cnn for filling your site with fluff....

    May 28, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  6. Olga

    hahah really enjoyed the video.. Medvedev looks so out of place :)))

    May 28, 2011 at 3:34 am |
  7. Boca Patti

    Please shut up idiots!! If U don'tlike Obama Tought shit:!: Move somwhere else or leave the USA and you'll come crawling!

    May 28, 2011 at 2:32 am |
  8. Adelina

    People in democratic nations should learn to show respect to their leaders( unless they have scandals and must be dismissed). No wonder the people living in democratic nations are considered as pigs – no manners whatsoever and the children there are the worst.

    May 28, 2011 at 1:04 am |
  9. Adelina

    Americans, please eat nutricious, delicious food in variety and a little at that. Eat the best part to stay well if you have no other choice. Give lots of money to Christian charities. Tell yourself eating undelicious or un-nutricious stuff in quantity is a loss to your life. Fill yourself or be satisfied by making other people genuinely happy (such as your children's or neighbors') and watching it, not your own happiness, so you won't feel lonely that you have to eat something. Just saying : )

    May 28, 2011 at 12:53 am |
    • Adelina

      By "the best part" I mean within the plate you are given in case you cannot or will not finish eating and have to throw the food away.

      May 28, 2011 at 12:57 am |
  10. I_Beseech_Thee

    Damn, Obama takes a long time to order a burger.

    May 27, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
    • RichardHead

      You should see him when ordering chicken. He can't decide on a left wing or right wing.

      May 27, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  11. A

    Cheap ass tips 20% on the bill. supporting main street... trickle down effect tight ass

    May 27, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • 2Cents

      A, I agree with Obama on this one. Gas high

      May 27, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  12. Mayor McCheese

    I'm not sure what you guys were thinking with that graphic.

    May 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  13. 2Cents

    Yeah Medvedev put your Russian dollars away they ain't worth nothin here.

    May 27, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  14. tony

    "I'm a big spender.....I wanna show off..." – President Obama, he admitted it lol Fox news should be all over this

    May 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • haas

      fox news need to worry abt real issues happening here in usa.

      May 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  15. 2Cents

    Obama says he got the bill cause hes a big spender. lol?

    May 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • 2Cents

      Admits to being a big spender at 3:20 of the video.

      May 27, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  16. Pat

    The most amazing thing that Obama eats is Michelle.

    May 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  17. Oasis

    "Mr. Putin is not schedule to attend the G8 Summit."

    Atrocious grammar.

    May 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Not so much grammar as it is a typo, but I appreciate the correction.

      May 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  18. peter r. byrne

    May I take yo odor!

    May 27, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  19. Freddie_The_Freak

    I'd do Mrs. Obama if she looked like that. What an improvement.

    May 27, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Mark Suck-a-Turd


      May 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  20. Quackles

    Whoever authorized this article needs to be drawn & quartered. Their offspring too. Possibly everyone that knows them.

    May 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  21. Kerry Berger

    Seems that globally all our leaders share one thing in common. Love for foods that are NOT necessarily good for us. Three cheers, they're human after all.

    May 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  22. olgo

    Why so much disrespect for the President and First Lady, of course, there are those at work over us; yet, we have learned to respect their titles. Let get the burger out the First Lady's face. We will not know for sure if he is rubbing the ___. We know where you mind set is.

    May 27, 2011 at 11:53 am |
  23. Ezna

    Who f***ing cares ?

    May 27, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • The Witty One@Ezna

      I care Ezna...I care.

      May 27, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • SuHurley

      Me! Me! I care.

      May 27, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • RichardHead

      Somebody has a potty mouth.

      May 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • Sue

      You obviously f u c king care enough to read and post your potty mouth reply ... Life must be bad , huh !! Move, on , do something to cheer yoruself up, and wash your mouth out !

      May 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Dana

      I also care :)

      May 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  24. Jerv

    Hahahaha! Looks like in the photo that Barack learned a thing or two from ol' Slick Willy and has that big cheesy grin on his face while rubbing some azz.

    May 27, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • Shirely U Jest

      Stinky Pinky?

      May 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
      • Jerv@SUJ


        May 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
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