NBC Hires Obama’s Former Personal Chef As Senior Food Analyst

First lady Michelle Obama stands with White House Senior Policy Adviser for Nutrition Policy Sam Kass. The food czar was snubbed from speaking at the School Nutrition Association's convention in Boston.
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Have we reached peak political insider? NBC announced it has hired President Obama’s former White House chef as “Senior Food Analyst” less than a year after he married MSBNC news host Alex Wagner.

“[Sam] Kass will cover a variety of topics from healthy eating and wellness to emerging food trends and policy,” the announcement reads, previewed by Mike Allen’s Playbook.

Kass was a personal friend of the Obama family and took a leading role in First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative to combat obesity.

The Obama family made a special trip last summer for Kass’s wedding to Wagner, traveling to a special restaurant the Pocantico Hills where the ceremony was held. Prior to the wedding, Obama even spent a “bachelor” evening at Kass’s home for several hours.

In his new role, Kass will “report” for NBC news platforms including the Today show, NBC Nightly News and write a monthly column for the website.