Unsurprisingly, Samuelsson caught the eye of former President Barack Obama, for whom he was asked to create a state dinner (via Food Network). Samuelsson created the first State Dinner for the Obama administration, at which Prime Minister Singh of India was a guest of honor, along with 400 other people.
So what is a president for? Samuelsson opted to serve Obama his signature dish of ribs, according to Nashville Eater. The dish contains English cut short ribs that have been cooked in a sauce made with lemongrass, garlic, ginger and plum sauce. These slow-cooked ribs are now on the menu at Samuelsson’s 404 Kitchen restaurant in Nashville. Samuelsson said he chose to make ribs because they could be made ahead and were full of flavor and tender, according to People. He also worked with first lady Michelle Obama to create the meal, inspired by Indian cuisine, by CNN. Other dishes included potato and eggplant salad, roasted potato dumplings with tomato chutney, green curry shrimp, and caramelized salsify with smoked green cabbage. At the end, Samuelsson said the ribs were well received by President Obama and the whole meal was well received (per People).