Skip to comments.Laura Bush Looking for a Multifaceted Chef
Posted on 02/20/2005 10:01:21 AM PST by JustaCowgirl
WASHINGTON - Fancy state dinners aren't all the new White House chef will need to do the Bushes are looking for someone who knows barbecue and other good old American fare.
Laura Bush told Newsweek she doesn't expect that any of the celebrity chefs with books or television shows will be interested in becoming head chef at the presidential home. But she's looking to fill the job with someone who "can really showcase American foods."
The previous White House chef, Walter Scheib III, has left to pursue new opportunities after nearly 11 years of cooking for two presidents, and the first lady is looking for a replacement who can cater to the first family's native Texan pallets.
"We like spicy food of all kinds," she said in the magazine's Feb. 28 issue. "We like, obviously, Tex-Mex and barbecue. ... George is a very good eater."
The chef will have ample opportunity to make dinner for the first family the Bushes are known for staying in most nights rather than socializing like their predecessors. Laura Bush said they do go out to friends' dinner parties when someone thinks to ask them.
"We don't actually get invited to that many dinner parties," she said. "I think people think we're going to invite them, which we do."
Bobby Flay could recommend somebody good.
"Laura Bush told Newsweek she doesn't expect that any of the celebrity chefs with books or television shows will be interested in becoming head chef..."
And, besides, Martha Stewart can't pass the security check...
I make a mean spaghetti dish and some killer tacos... My hamburgers are lacking, though. I guess I'll have to withdraw my application.
Don't bother looking in San Francisco:
And besides, Martha might want to rearrange the furniture.
I make a killer quesadilla. Maybe we could do the job as a team.
I cook three hots a day many days ... I could give it a whirl ;-) Of course the state dinners will have to be meat loaf and mashed potatoes followed by apple pie.
Allright, can you do a barbecue meat loaf?
Well, that eliminates this guy:
Hey, I dropped 'em a line that we were having kielbasa & kraut 'nat for new years
but they keep handin' me that lame excuse that they had "other plans"...
Yeah, right... cut me a break... as if I never heard THAT one before...
...someone who really knows how to cook those great American meals like hamburgers and french fries for lunch and canadian bacon and belgian waffles for breakfast.
bork bork de bork bork apples bork bork der bacon bork.
I loved the Swedish chef. I loved the Muppets in general.
Well, but realistically - how many [local] people could be in proper position to invite the president's family to their parties? And then how frequently do such people (supposedly pretty busy folks) give the parties? Occasional birthday, maybe - and then it would come to a few such parties a year.
Shes the only one Ive read about whose stay in the slammer turned out to be a great career move. She is going to make additional tons of money selling her experience. Maybe they will make an exception for her.
So, Carlo has the White House contacted you yet??
Not to nit-pick, but the AP needs more proofreaders. In the phrase "native Texan pallets", the word should be "palates".
I only occasionally burn water when I boil it.
Where do I send my resume?
The AP have long shown that they are illiterate buffoons.
Yeah, I noticed that. I wondered how many 'pallets' they have laying around in the White House. Maybe in the warehouse.
Mrs SmithL makes a killer Macaroni & Cheese with her Meatloaf. My specialty is Beer-Can Chicken. Maybe we could get jobs as tag-team chefs.
You're the man. Who can resist a good Pop Tart?
Hire Chef Larry Perdido from Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill in Austin ...
I think it would make a great statement to go with the mix of American classics and modern fusion cuisine that is so prevalent in this country as the menu at the White House, prepared by an Asian American from Texas.
I think they stopped calling because I keep forgetting to turn on my phone recorder. They never think to call me at work.........
Well I like barbecue, too, same as any other red-blooded American.
But there ain't gonna be any GREAT dinner parties in the White House until we elect our first hunky president. Go ahead, do the research... when was the last time pierogi was on the White House menu??? Sheeesh, these people don't know what good home cookin' really IS!!!!
I confess. I'm having a dinner party Tuesday night and I forgot to ask them. Ratso! I missed my chance. But they're going to be out of town anyway.
This article tells me a lot about those two. When the WAshington gig is up, its back to the country where they feel more comfortable......Just plain good folks.....
Oh sure, you wait until they're going to be out of town to have your little party. I think we know a thing or two about people like you.
You're right...husband and I were kicking ourselves for not buying stock in MSO when we considered it back in Nov '03. We've never played the market but that would've been a good risk...she'll be bigger than ever if she plays it smart and doesn't pretend she was a political prisoner.
I too have got some great dishes for them when they accept my invitation. Ill go to the local supermarket; and from the frozen food section, Ill purchase a couple of packages of Chicken a la Milanesa (precooked), tortillas ready to fry, and a large package of frozen peas. Ill have the maid make up a batch of mashed potatoes (maybe the instant type to make things easy) and Mrs. Smiths pumpkin pie.
But first I have to get a maid. Help is so hard to find.
You know I've missed the recipe threads. Hope you do one for Easter. :)
Hmm. Bar B Que brisket, tater salad, frijole beans, tostadas, stuffed sopapillas, enchiladas, chimichungas, chicken fried steak, fried chicken, grilled stuffed pork chops, eggrolls, won ton soup, sweet & sour pork, beef & broccoli, 4 cheese lasagna, spaghetti & meatballs, ravioli, plus all kinds of breads, biscuits, rolls, cakes, pies & puddings! .......
Nah, I HATE big cities. :)
I could do weekends :o) bet they'd love my cowboy beef stew with jalapeno cornbread...
I'll plan on having another one and I'll send them an invitation. BUT, they also have to listen to our mission presentation. Would you like to come?
Mmmm. The very thought is making me hungry.
I think I'll run out for some combo nachos.
Well, looking at your website, your family looks like you would be fabulous, interesting dinner hosts. I'm afraid both Auburn, Alabama and Southeast Asia might be a bit far. It looks as though you do fabulous work, God bless you in your mission.
Damn, I'm just starting culinary arts school.
Maybe President Condi will need a chef in a few years. That'd be one of my dream gigs.
Thx, Cowgirl... you beat me to the "palates." Newsweek, tsk tsk tsk
Isn't it well known that Dubya is in bed by 10? Of course they stay in... or don't get asked.
Can you believe that tripe was on the front page?! Just listening to those whiney liberals made me puke. The non-political woman chef who expressed interest should get a chance to interview, IMHO. She had the right attitude. Wouldn't that make the DNC look foolish again? Another first for a woman in power due to a Republican Administration.
Oh well, maybe the White House will hire Doug from Doug's Fish Fry in Skaneateles, NY. He's the restaurant owner who dissed Hillary and Bubba when they visited. I'll bet that guy knows bar-b-que or could learn it quick. What a hoot.
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