Lights, camera, action! The USA Network, owned by NBC Universal, filmed an episode of its upcoming television series ‘The Moment’ on Wednesday and Thursday at the Nixon Library. The occasion was to honor President Nixon for his foresight in sparking 40 years of friendship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, all traced back to the “week that changed the world” in 1972. Foundation President Sandy Quinn and 40 VIP guests – including Walter Scheib, the White House chef for Presidents Clinton and Bush, and famed NFL Superbowl MVP Kurt Warner – were joined by the guest of honor, Chinese Ambassador Qiu Shaofang, Consul General of Los Angeles, for a White-House style dinner and toasts to the past and to the growth of the Sino-American relationship in the years to come.
The reality TV show – to debut in January – will follow an aspiring chef who underwent a series of tests to prove his culinary skills. In his final test, he prepared a White House-style dinner served in the Library’s East Room and was judged to see if he was worthy for hire by the White House Restaurant in Anaheim, Ca. Watch the show to see if he got the job!
Jimmy Byron is a Marketing and Communications Assistant at the Richard Nixon Foundation. He is a second-year student at Chapman University.