Where his 'hero' status comes in:
"While he is steeped in all matters locavore and was a moving force behind the White House garden, Mr. Kass has no formal culinary training and has never run a restaurant or hotel kitchen. (He graduated with a history degree from the University of Chicago and honed his culinary skills at Avec, a Chicago restaurant, before becoming a private chef.)
...And now he not only cooks, but sits and talks policy, in the White House, at age 29? This is a man I woudl like to sit down with, I can say that much.