White House Executive Chef on ‘Culinary Diplomacy’ and Learning to Cook in the Philippines

At age 21, Cris Comerford dropped out of college in the Philippines to move to the United States with her family. A decade later, she was hired by then-White House Executive Chef Walter Scheib III, and a decade after that, she herself was appointed executive chef by first lady Laura Bush. Comerford has now served three presidents over 20 years and is the first female, as well as the first Asian American, to occupy the executive chef post.

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