White House chef will stay on for Obama term

The Associated Press
Friday, January 9, 2009; 4:38 PM

WASHINGTON -- One thing President-elect Barack Obama won't be changing: the White House chef.

Transition officials say Cristeta Comerford will stay on for the Obamas. Comerford is the first woman and first minority to serve as White House executive chef.

Michelle Obama said she and Comerford agree on "the importance of healthy eating and healthy families."

Comerford is a naturalized U.S. citizen from the Philippines who studied French cooking in Vienna, Austria, and specializes in ethnic and American cuisine.

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