Thursday, August 19, 2010

Obama family 'easy to please'

The White House's executive chef Cristeta Comerford speaks to AFP during a visit to Hong Kong. -- PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG - SERVING meals for US President Barack Obama and his family is not as tough a job as outsiders like to think, according to White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford.

'The president and his family are very open to all different types of food. It's very easy to please them,' said Ms Comerford, who emigrated to the United States from the Philippines in the 1980s, and is on a visit to Hong Kong. 'It's such a blessing to have that.'

Mr Obama's family love trying seafood such as Maryland blue crabs, and a wide variety of international cuisines, including Chinese dim sum and Vietnamese dishes, she said.

Ms Comerford was appointed to head the White House's kitchen 'cabinet' by former first lady Laura Bush in 2005, making her the first female and the first person of ethnic minority origin to hold the position.

Together with other chefs serving heads of states around the world including French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Ms Comerford was invited to Hong Kong by a hotel group this week to sample local cuisine. The group will also visit Macau and Beijing.

In addition to leading a team of seven full-time chefs for the White House, the executive chef took on an additional task under the Obama administration: tending to the White House Garden. -- AFP

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