Chef Marcela Valladolid at The White House

By: Sarah De Heer

On Monday, April 25, Food Network's own Marcela Valladolid had the rare opportunity to participate in a cooking demo on the South Lawn at The White House as the First Family hosted the 133rd Easter Egg Roll.

With 30,000 people in attendance, everyone took part in this year's theme "Get Up and Go," which focuses on promoting health and wellness, a key initiative for the First Lady's Let's Move! campaign. According to the Let's Move! website, it's important to "put children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years." An easy to way to do this is by getting them into the kitchen -- kids are more likely to try new foods when they've invested themselves in the process.

Marcela spent her time demonstrating something close to her heart, her son's favorite veggie quesadilla recipe. Fausto, her son, who also joined Marcela on the South Lawn, helped his mom during the segment and even told jokes to the audience.

When we asked Marcela to tell us about her overall experience, she said, "I was very impressed with how passionate the First Family was about the event and their dedication for teaching adults and kids how important it is to choose healthy foods and lead an active lifestyle." While she spent some time cooking, she also got to meet the First Family, tour the famous White House garden and even plant seeds with her son.

Marcela kicks off her new season of Mexican Made Easy with a Cinco de Mayo celebration this Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

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