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Obamas Bring Their Private Chef to the White House

When it comes to the President's preferences, we know he likes johnnycakes and medium-well cheeseburgers. Now we can add one more thing to the list: private chef Sam Kass's food.

Representatives for the Obamas announced yesterday that the family would be bringing Sam Kass on board. The 28-year-old chef, who cooked for the Obamas in Chicago, will now serve as assistant chef to White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford.

"He knows what they like and he happens to have a particular interest in healthy food and local food," said Katie McCormick Lelyveld, a spokesperson for Michelle Obama. Before Kass founded his private chef service, Inevitable Table, the University of Chicago graduate trained at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Europe and also worked at top Chicago restaurant Avec.

According to former White House chef Walter Scheib, having Kass on board will make things easier for Comerford as well. "She will understand better and faster what they like," he said. "She doesn't have to spend months reading the tea leaves."

This news has no doubt thrilled the likes of eat local proponents such as Alice Waters, and I'm wondering if it's just a matter of time before an organic garden gets planted on the grounds. I have to admit, however, that I was surprised to find the Obamas had a private chef. I thought he was one to grab a bite at the drive-in like the rest of us. What do you think of the news?


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hills hills 8 years
he is yummy in himself, id run for president (not that id get too far as i'm a teenager and English lol} just for the simple reason of being able to be served by someone of his caliber....obviously just for the food reasons.....;)
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
I don't think they'll butt heads. If anything it'll help the head chef, because Sam Kass knows what the Obamas likes.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I wonder if there will be any drama?
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Doesn't surprise me. Too many cooks in the kitchen though...
birdm birdm 8 years
I think I read somewhere that he's not really their *private* chef. It's more like a chef/service where you hire them to provide your meals but they do it for a bunch of people. Not sure what you call that but it's different from a private chef.
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
They had a private chef when they lived in Chicago? :?
kia kia 8 years
It is pretty cool that they brought him in as an assistant and did not fire the Bush's chef outright. I hope the two chefs have personalities that get along in the kitchen.
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