White House chefs prepare for annual White House Easter Egg roll in Washington
Dateline: 13 April 2001 - Washington, D.C.
Date: 04/13/2001 04:00 AM
1. Mid view of White House Chef Roland Messnier with his giant chocolate egg
2. Close view of chocolate egg
3. Close view of chocolate egg
4. Close view of chocolate egg
5. Close view of animal figure egg
6. Medium view of cooks preparing coloured eggs
7. Close view of coloured eggs in cartons
8. Close view of eggs in basket being lifted out of water tank
9. Close view of eggs
10. Close view of eggs in cartons
11. Close view of eggs stacked on cart
12. Medium view of Messnier with chocolate egg
Deep in the confines of the White House kitchen in Washington DC they're busy preparing for Easter.
White House Chef Roland Messnier already has one Easter creation to his name, that being the official chocolate easter egg.
Weighing in at 50 pounds, the egg is one-inch thick and pure dark chocolate, emblazoned with flowers and a bunny among the traditional easter symbols.
But there's much more.
Messnier and his team of chefs are also busy with a room full of real eggs -- that's 10,800 eggs in all.
More than seven thousand of the eggs will be coloured -- orange, green, purple and pink.
The remaining three-thousand will stay white.
It's all for the annual White House easter egg roll, set for next Monday.
Kids and their parents will join President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush on the White House south lawn for the annual fete.
Children compete in an egg hunt and a rolling of eggs contest.
They also get to colour some of the eggs as well.