Chef Duane Nutter spends most of his time at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport, where his restaurant One Flew South is the crown jewel of the international terminal. When President Barack Obama visited for a series of fundraisers on Friday, Nutter’s workplace for the day became a private home that hosted a small gathering.
“It was kind of surreal,” Nutter said. “They had the Jack Bauer team down in the basement.”
The president’s stops included Tyler Perry’s home and studio, but the one Nutter helmed was a private home in Atlanta’s Sherwood Forest neighborhood.
“There were about 60 people there,” Nutter said.
He and his team got there about 11 a.m. last Friday, then had to clear out around 2 p.m. for a 90-minute security sweep. He prepared an array of hors d’oeuvres including lamp sausage with curry applesauce, sushi and barbecue pork sliders with bourbon raisin cole slaw.
“That was flying out of there,” Nutter said. He’s not sure if Obama ate any of his vittles and didn’t get to meet him.
It wasn’t his first high-profile gig, though, and he said he wasn’t nervous.
“I cooked for the emperor of Japan. I cooked for the president of Poland. I cooked for (President George W. Bush),” he said. “I’m an old hand. The only thing that made me nervous were the guns!”
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