White House Seasonal Eating: Presidential Chef Cristeta Comerford Focuses On Produce Availability, Health
WASHINGTON - The White House has fully embraced one of eating's hottest trends - seasonal cooking with ingredients grown at home.
Presidential chef Cristeta Comerford credits the change in the food coming from the White House's kitchen to Michelle Obama's decision in 2009 to start a garden on the South Lawn as part of her Let's Move campaign to encourage kids to eat healthier.
Comerford acknowledges the White House menus now are a lot different from those in the mid-1990s, when she first started working there during the Clinton administration. President George W. Bush appointed her executive chef during his second term, and the Obamas kept her on when they arrived.
"The White House kitchen has really evolved tremendously in a positive way, having a garden out there," Comerford said in an interview with The Associated Press. "It really has focused me on reworking my menu based on seasonality."
Comerford says the garden has also inspired her in her own home, where she planted a plot and she and her 10-year-old daughter, Danielle, cook together. Comerford herself lost 15 pounds last year. ...