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Inside the kitchen...at the White House

Posted by on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:15 AM
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(CNN) -- If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen -- or so the saying goes.

But in the pressure cooker atmosphere of the White House, where world-changing decisions are made on a daily basis, the kitchen could well be the coolest room in the building.

Cris Comerford, Executive Chef of the White House since 2005, the first woman to ever hold the position, and also the first of Asian descent.

For almost two decades, Comerford has worked behind the scenes making sure the president, his family, and high-profile guests are so well fed they needn't give it a second thought -- they have enough on their plates as it is.

The 51-year-old has served under three presidents -- joining the Clinton administration as a sous chef in 1995, before the Bush government appointed her to the top job of executive chef in 2005.

This cool-headed cook relays orders with hand signals, not outbursts of profanities.

Botn in the Phillipines, she started off as "salad girl" working in Chicago hotels

 

by on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:15 AM
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SweetLuci
by Gold Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:19 AM

 1992

SweetLuci
by Gold Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:19 AM

 1952

SweetLuci
by Gold Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:21 AM

 1960

SweetLuci
by Gold Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:23 AM

 1933

SweetLuci
by Gold Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:24 AM

 1910

SweetLuci
by Gold Member on Sep. 23, 2014 at 12:25 AM

 About 1900

michiganmom116
by on Sep. 23, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Very interesting!  I love the pics!

batjmom
by Sarah on Sep. 23, 2014 at 8:07 AM
1 mom liked this
That's very interesting
I love all the pictures
mikesmom65270
by on Sep. 23, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Thanks for sharing!  I love the pictures!

calsmom62
by on Sep. 23, 2014 at 9:36 PM
I love seeing the pics and how things changed!!!
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