Cristeta “Cris” Comerford was born in Manila, Philippines. After serving as an assistant chef in the White House during the Clinton administration, in 2005 she was appointed by First Lady Laura Bush to executive chef, a position she still holds. Cris is the first woman and first minority to hold the position since the Kennedys created the position in 1961. Outside of the White House, she has served as a church deacon and currently leads a home study group with her husband, John. They have both volunteered for humanitarian trips to an impoverished town in Brazil. Cris lives with her family in Columbia, Maryland, in between visiting family in Seattle and Chicago.
The White House Executive Chef