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White House Executive Chef





White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford demonstrates cooking some healthy Asian dishes.


The White House Executive Chef is responsible for the planning, managing and preparing of all menus and meals for the First Family and their private entertaining, and official state functions at the White House, the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States.

The Executive Chef heads the three White House kitchens, a staff of four sous-chefs, and reports directly to the chief usher. The Executive Chef works with the First Lady, Chief Usher, White House Social Secretary and the Executive Pastry Chef to plan menus for State Dinners, receptions, and day-to-day non-official meals. The Executive Chef officially serves at the president's pleasure but more commonly works with the first lady, and is appointed, or reappointed, by each administration.

The Executive Chef holds no purview over any of the desserts or pastries served at the White House. The executive pastry chef operates as a separate entity, but coordinates with the Executive Chef for all meals and events.

The current White House Executive Chef is Cristeta Comerford, the first woman to be selected for the post.

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