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I wanna go to an extraordinary man now who has lived an extraordinary life chef John -- -- and when I say served I mean.
Quite literally 31 families as the White House -- About the presidents George H.
Bush Bill Clinton and George W.
Bush -- great to see you -- what little life.
Thank you agree to be here Johnson thank you I'm really add that you did.
It's and that's an extraordinary thing to have done you must feel it it's great privilege -- well I guess.
-- it was it was a great -- to be up there and a second floor.
Inside their little personal ring couldn't care of them on a day to day basis do you hit you -- a lot of stuff that you would -- to tell -- become.
Not really -- to butler's might have because they're not dynamo back on the Kitchener in ourselves a -- didn't judge let's talk a little bit about the that -- the pressure festival.
All of preparing meals for a president and the guest of a president that's going to be pretty huge to deal with.
It is you know.
And we try to change things up all the time because here I have been -- customers present for sleeping there every day so -- the kind of make things a little bit different all the time so all official menus.
It is I think the -- gave menus maybe not so much the official menus are not one of them have been repeated while they're right and you now have.
I had a look at dining at the White House is this is is the book chef is it is it stories.
All of the White House or is it purely recipes.
No -- recipes or the end I have a 107 -- that I picked out of all these on the news event -- But I start up -- my culinary tour leading up to the White House and much my real work experience in Europe in France was actually helped me set myself up to get the job at the White House.
And then of course starting with George H.
Bush eight years with the clintons and in five years with George W.
Bush what was.
Like when you got the Colin said you've got the jobless chef at the white -- the first up.
I show ID gave me some -- just fill out he says a lot of paperwork take your time but just do your best -- it because I you do your -- for your background check is pretty big it is when you get the paperwork started.
So when -- brought -- back a few days later.
The chief usher Gary Walters came out to greet me at the gate at east putting gate there and he he looked real quick America's Clancy will quickly.
Through my paperwork he should come on and -- got a couple minutes as it has come honestly we went over to the map room down on the ground floor.
The chef -- shown by the time he's one introduced -- to the position we've got there and he says we went off -- position you know.
Are you still interested.
And I said.
What's my answer I think you should be yes right yeah yeah I have I am -- yeah.
I I walked out of there -- my goodness this is this is incredible I kind of thought I had an opportunity for this position but when actually got it.
I had to pace myself literally -- walk out -- those gates.
I would imagine so now -- yet there's a lot of a lot of stress of president and a half stood deal with the -- President Obama are dead -- was -- dealing with a lot of stress right now with the shut down in times like this when there's all these huge national and international issues.
Deep deep did you find that the president's that you -- to change that diets or what they were looking for much.
Well and he can make a good decision on -- -- so.
It may link comfort food is usually a good thing the pullback on -- But -- but not heavy you know we we were very careful -- -- -- a lot people out to shift their blood content follicles a dietitian -- -- an eight by themselves in the residence.
For our breakfast lunch and dinner we -- very careful on how much calories they were consuming because they were exposed to so many heavy foods when they're out on the road and also in the White House will have a state dinner and stuff like that but.
You know they're very dissing people for the most part -- the presence they just went something could be in Iraq and -- I did tell us.
I did the three presidents that you use what what were their favorite dishes would you say -- -- -- of let's start with president.
Bush then President Clinton then the -- President Bush -- George H.
Well as a man from Maine still like to do steamed lobster or a plate of oysters and a lot of seafood was was was very big for him he he loved the types of foods.
You know he got he got a bad rap -- -- -- to -- -- big Macs and all the stuff we didn't serve -- survey that kind of stuff -- you know.
But that he enjoyed a good enchilada.
I brought down with me from like Pennsylvania any -- before -- a PA Dutch pie.
Chicken pot pie there.
And it's what the -- through it not the crust on top.
And he gave me just looked at me over comparable one day but his -- opposite John this is the kind of food I like you and ironically -- it was a -- the exact same thing happened with George W.
He was -- -- that bowl of chicken pot -- was probably February night really cold.
And just looked up to me give -- thumbs up and said.
-- John this is the kind of food I like you know so -- they like that type of heart warming food when not when they're when they're there.
Wonderful wonderful stories up from chef John -- you really have.
Lived quite the life chef and we are delighted that you have written about it and told us some of your secrets.
And the great recipes in dining at the white -- you can check out.
Ships website as well dining at the White House dot com -- don't look thanks so much for being a great to told you wolf thank you John I appreciate you have a great afternoon you too --
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