And finally, the White House Chef is revealed…

The DC restaurant scene is buzzing, trying to figure out which restaurants will rise and fall with the arrival of the Obama administration next week – apparently the President-Elect loves to eat out, according to “Rearranging the Tables in Washington”. But what interests me far more, as a foodlover and a mother of young children, is what will happen on the Obama’s home front, if one can call the White House that.

After much speculation among foodies who would take the helm in the Obama White House kitchen, the transition team announced last week that Cristeta Comerford, who currently holds the position and came on under the Bush administration in 2005, would be staying on. From Mary MacVean in the LATimes:

“Cristeta Comerford brings such incredible talent to the White House operation and came very highly regarded from the Bush family,” [Michelle] Obama said in a statement released last week by the president-elect’s transition team. “Also the mom of a young daughter, I appreciate our shared perspective on the importance of healthy eating and healthy families.”
The Grand Dame of the American foodie world, Alice Waters, has also come out to support the continuation of Comerford, saying,
I’m very pleased that it’s not a celebrity, in the sense of someone who gave the impression that food was about going to fancy restaurants…. The idea is that good food is a right for all Americans and not just for the privileged people who can afford it.
It is indeed wonderful that Mrs. Obama understands the connection between healthy eating and healthy families, and that Comerford is in a sense a behind-the-scenes celebrity. But it’s my hope that they combine forces to take this opportunity to make the commitment to healthy eating and healthy families very public: food – real food, not processed food products – should NOT be a privilege at a time when in many ways, it is. Now is the time for them to plant that White House (Lawn) garden and get involved in promoting programs such as Will Allen’s Growing Power that try to ensure that that sort of fresh, local, real food is available in every neighborhood of America.
Let the restaurants ride on the coattails of the President – I want to see underprivileged Americans lifted up on the skirttails of the First Lady (or the coattails of the chef whites on the White House Chef)!

One Response

  1. Good to hear the news…I wish I had a personal chef!

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