Former White House head chef Walter Scheib, who was reported missing in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains last week, was found dead late Sunday night after six days of searching by state police.
Scheib, 61, set out on a four-mile hiking trail near Taos on June 13 and hadn’t been heard from since, according to news reports. Authorities conducting the search and rescue mission found Scheib’s vehicle near the trailhead. His body was later found two miles from the Yerba Canyon Trail head.
Scheib, who has two sons, served as the executive chef in the executive mansion for 11 years. He was hired in 1994 by former first lady Hillary Clinton to infuse a distinctly modern American flair into 1600 Penn. menus. In 2005, after more than a decade and two administrations, Scheib was asked to resign.
According to the book “The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House,” Scheib taught a teenage Chelsea Clinton to cook. After leaving the White House, Scheib would go on started his own private chef business and published co-authored a book, “White House Chef: Eleven Years, Two Presidents, One Kitchen.”