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post #1 of 17
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It looks like the Obamas are keeping the current White House chef. I suspect she'll have fewer requests for Tex-Mex cooking.

Cristeta Comerford To Remain White House Chef (PHOTOS)
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post #2 of 17
Let freedom reign! (in the kitchen) ;)
post #3 of 17
But she'll now be able to serve "wet fish." :lol:

All the talk of putting in a high-profile chef who would be vocal about fresh local sustainable healthy blah blah blah really irked me. The people calling for that simply don't understand what the post of White House chef is. (My understanding comes from editing Walter Scheib's book about his hiring for, work at, and leaving the post.) According to Chef Scheib, there are two main components to the job: cooking for the family, and being a caterer who can produce food for anywhere from a few to a few thousand, on- and off-premises, sometimes on very little notice. One thing that is NOT in the job description is talking much to the press.

Chef Comerford has been doing that for years now. I expect she can produce in whatever style is required. (And I have to say that I'm pleased they're keeping HER rather than looking for some hotshot guy, if you know what I mean and I think you do.:p)
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Yup! I sure do. ;)
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post #5 of 17
For some completely unknown reason I was wondering a few days ago what qualifications are necessary to just work in the white house kitchen as just a cook or baker?
post #6 of 17
No criminal record would be a start.
post #7 of 17
I think it is wonderful that the Obama's are keeping Chef Comerford.
post #8 of 17
If you go on www.usajobs.gov, you can do a search for job titles and places. They have all sorts of titles: pastry chef, kitchen supervisor, etc. The site gives you a detail of the qualifications required, including what type of security clearance might be necessary.
post #9 of 17
I would be surprised if there are any major changes in the whitehouse staffing for a while, there are bigger issues to tackle for the Obama's as the country is in a bit of a pickle.
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post #10 of 17
Pickle! :D Ah, food metaphors.
post #11 of 17
It would be my dream to have a shot as a pastry chef there, I wouldn't care who the president was or what their political affiliation. Imagine having the best produce and product the country would have to offer!!
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post #12 of 17
I bet they would love to have you.
post #13 of 17
coool.....
Suzanne, didn't know you knew Walter Scheib, good guy.....tell him I said hi next time you talk to him. Majic happens with White House M&M's:D;)
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post #14 of 17
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Rat, best not to use "shot" in your cover letter. :eek: :smiles:
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post #15 of 17
Good call, my cousin passed the first part of being in the Secret Service, he is really psyched! He said the initial test was pretty hard, now they will check him out all the way down to his high school teachers, all former employers etc. After that is is a 6-12 hour polygraph session then 2 sets of interviews! YIKES!
I would imagine someone being so close in proximity to the prez would recieve similar scrutiny. I think I would pass except for the high school teacher part LOL!!
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post #16 of 17
Many years(decades) ago I had been offered a spot in the secret service with an assignment at the White House doing communications. Ultimately I turned it down and went on my merry way in the military. Over the years several people questioned why I had the security clearance level that I had.
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Yup, they interview neighbors from all your former addresses and all kinds of things.
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