Friday, January 30, 2009

A Filipina White House Executive Chef

I just thought of sharing this awesome achievement from a fellow Filipino. I've heard of her name before and I was glad to learn that she has remained as the White House Executive Chef. She must really be a magnificent chef to stay in that position for years, and for 2 presidents at that. Mmmm! Maybe it would just be in my wildest dreams that I get to taste any of her cooking. lol! :) She certainly makes us proud of our heritage.

Anyway, here's the story...

Cristeta Comerford To Remain White House Chef

Today, Michelle Obama announced that Cristeta Comerford will stay on as White House Executive Chef, putting to rest all the speculation surrounding the decision.

Cristeta Comerford took the job in 2005 and is the first woman and first minority to serve as executive chef.

"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 by the transition team. "Also the mom of a young daughter, I appreciate our shared perspective on the importance of healthy eating and healthy families."
Comerford is a naturalized U.S. citizen from the Philippines who studied French cooking in Vienna, Austria, and specializes in ethnic and American cuisine.
She's come a long, long, long way, this former hotel "salad girl." Before she was hired as an assistant chef in the White House in 1995, before First Lady Laura Bush promoted her to White House Executive Chef last week, Cristeta Comerford -- "Cris" to her neighbors and co-workers here in the Washington area, "Teta" to her large but tight-knit Filipino family in the Chicago suburb of Morton Grove -- was in charge of a salad bar.

"That's what I called her, 'salad girl.' She prepared
Caesar salad, Cobb salad," says Juanito Pasia, Cristeta's older brother, trying not to laugh. It was Juanito who drove Teta -- then 23, newly arrived from the Philippines -- in his blue Ford van to and from work at a Sheraton Hotel near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. "Can you believe it?" he asks, giving another hearty laugh. "Can you believe this is happening?"

News and photos from Huffington Post


PinayWAHM said...

Yep, she surely makes us proud to be Filipinos. I just hope my husband wouldn't see this so he won't expect me to cook like her....hahaha. Nah, he actually knows about it. Ako pa eh lahat ng Filipino [kahit 1/100 Fil blood lang] eh pinagmamalaki ko....hahaha...

Musta na Mommy? Have a wonderful weekend!

Mommy J

DebbieDana said...

I've heard about this too and it makes me more proud to be a Filipino. Hats off to the Executive Chef Cristeta!!


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