“black chefs in the white house” in denver

May 29, 2013

“Since George Washington took his slave chef, Hercules, to the nation’s first capital in Philadelphia, African-Americans have worked in presidential kitchens, cooking for the first families as well as world leaders.

Hear their stories on June 8, when Denver soul food historian Adrian Miller and former White House executive chef Walter Scheib host “Black Chefs in the White House” at the Tivoli Turnhalle Ballroom on the Auraria campus in Denver.

Scheib cooked for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and is a candid and entertaining speaker. He spent 11 years preparing glamorous and comforting food for the presidents’ families, from the basement kitchen under the White House.

“We called it ‘White House flex time’ — work any 85 hours a week and the rest is yours,” says Scheib, who hired the current executive chef, Cristeta Comerford. The Philippines-born Comerford is the first female White House executive chef, a position not yet held by an African-American. Historically, “many of the chefs were African-American, but their legacy is not known, much like the professional black athletic leagues,” says Scheib.”

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Adrian Miller will host “Black Chefs in the White House” June 8.(Photo by Bernard Grant, provided by Adrian Miller)

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(via The Denver Post)