'Dancing with the Stars' Contestant Natalie Coughlin Served as Judge on 'Iron Chef America'


She may be known as the first American female athlete in modern Olympic history to win six medals in one Olympics and the first woman ever to win a 100 m backstroke gold in two consecutive Olympics, but Natalie Coughlin is also a home chef. And apparently, this qualified the 27-year-old swimmer to serve as a guest judge in last night's Super Chef Battle: An Iron Chef America Event.


"I consider myself a good cook, but this is ridiculous," Natalie Coughlin, who also participated on Dancing with the Stars season 9, said of the highly anticipated culinary event of the new year.


Super Chef Battle: An Iron Chef America Event featured Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse and the White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford. First Lady Michelle Obama also appeared to challenge chefs to use the White House Garden's produce to create a meal to inspire America.


"We are honored to showcase The White House Kitchen Garden in Iron Chef America," said Bob Tuschman, senior vice president, Programming and Production for Food Network. "This is the most intense culinary competition we've ever shown. It's awe-inspiring to see what four master chefs can create from locally-grown ingredients in the heat of Kitchen Stadium."


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