Filipina Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford of the White House at CNN Talk Asia
Filipina Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford has been working her culinary magic for 15 years at the White House and became the first female Executive Chef in 2005 under former First Lady Laura Bush. Her creations are savoured by America’s First Families, as well as the likes of Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other heads of the states. On this week’s Talk Asia, Cristeta Comerford takes host Hala Gorani inside Washington DC’s most famous address and shows her how a White House dinner is prepared.
Watch her video interview here.
As the first White House chef of Filipino descent, the 48-year-old is proud to bring her hometown’s local delicacies to the First Families she’s worked for. “It’s very humbling for me just to be even in this position right now, to serve the first family, the President, the First Lady and the children. Because coming from you know, like a third world country and being here and serving like the most powerful man in the world, that’s a big thing.”
Comerford was appointed by First Lady Laura Bush on August 14, 2005. She is the first female executive chef and the first person of ethnic minority origin to hold this position
Cristeta a shares with Hala her experience competing in the reality television show “Iron Chef America”, the First Lady’s healthy eating campaign and what the Obamas’ favorite dishes are.