No Celebrity Chef for the Obamas


And I say good!  I know lots of foodies were hoping for an Alice Waters to alight in Washington and make Chef
lots of food news but the Obamas have chosen to keep Cristeta Comerford in the position of White House Executive Chef.  Not ONLY is she the first female and first minority in that job, but she’s clearly a fan of local sourcing of food.  We know that because she added source information – mostly local – to the state dinner menus released to the media.  And if she weren’t really good at creating healthy meals, I’m sure she’d be gone before Inauguration Day.


  1. From the brief interviews I’ve seen, she is an outstanding cook and chef. And I seriously doubt if Alice would have wanted the job…though I’m sure she will be lobbying–in her way–big time.

  2. Kudos to the Obamas–this was one Bush hire that was really smart and inspired. Her menus are wonderful, and by all accounts she is a great chef (for a position that many other great chefs would not or could not take on.) And now, maybe the Who Farm and Michael Pollan can find a sympathetic ear in the White House kitchen for that White House organic vegetable garden….

  3. Good for us as a human race that we can see what is good and not dispose of someone because of perceived past associations.

    There is hope!

  4. Give credit to Laura Bush, one of the most gracious wife’s of our union. No one ever talks about her because she was that good.

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