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Inaugural taste: Texas chef set to cook for Bush in Washington

Chef David Garrido in Austin, Texas  

(CNN) -- The incoming presidential palate will get a special taste of beef -- carefully prepared by a chef from Austin, Texas.

David Garrido has been invited to cook during inauguration week in Washington for George W. Bush and the soon-to-be first family. Garrido, who cooks at Austin-based Jeffrey's restaurant, will prepare inaugural meals at Aquarelle, the restaurant in the Watergate Hotel, not far from the White House.

An interview with David Carrido, executive chef at Jeffrey's Restaurant in Austin

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"The family has come to the restaurant (Jeffrey's) for celebrations -- birthdays and anniversaries," Garrido said. "To cook in his honor now is a great thing."

The invitation came after the Watergate Hotel's manager learned that Jeffrey's is the Bushes favorite restaurant. The well-respected eatery -- an upscale melding of Southwest, Latin and European cooking -- is owned by a long-time friend of Laura Bush.

On the menu (from left): Gulf oysters on yucca root chips with a habanero honey aioli; Beef tenderloin with a chili rub and poblano corn pudding; Chocolate intemperance (chocolate mousse and brownie with gold-dusted berries)  

What can the Bushes expect on the menu? Garrido said he'll cook the Bushes a beef tenderloin with a Texas-Southwest flair and corn pudding. There'll also be crispy oysters served on taro root chips with habanero aioli and pico do gallo.

"George loves beef. She loves Mexican food. So I combined their favorites to make this dish," Garrido said. "The beef tenderloin and corn pudding is made with tomatillos and some chilies when I grill it to give it that extra something."

Dessert will feature chocolate intemperance -- best described as an extremely rich brownie wrapped around a chocolate mousse and covered in a chocolate glaze.

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Jeffrey's Restaurant,
Swissotel site on The Watergate

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