Filipino food is ooooooh so good, and this is not just another biased statement. Ask any foreigner they’ll surely name at least one favorite Filipino Dish. The secret, they say, is adding a little love and passion into cooking. Just ask Cristeta Comerford.
Cristeta “Cris” Comerford, born Cristeta Pasia in Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines, is a Filipina who works in the most famous house in the United States of America which we all call the “White House” as an Executive Chef. This made her the first woman to be selected for the post, and also the first Filipino to be appointed as such.
Cristeta spent her high school years at the Manila Science High School before taking up food technology at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in Quezon City. She did not, however, earn her degree because she had left school to migrate to the United States at the age of 23.
Her first job was at the Sheraton Hotel near O’Hare International Airport.
Chef Moments: (before the White House)
- Chef at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Manila, Philippines
- Chef Tournant at Le Ciel in Vienna, Austria
- Chef at Le Grande Bistro at The Westin Hotel in Washington, D.C.
- Chef at The Colonnade at the ANA Hotel in Washington, D.C.
- spent six months in Vienna as a rotating chef
In addition, she along with the famous Chef John Ash, collaborated to promote an American game of cooking and assisted on the “East Meets West” promotion featuring the late
Barbara Tropp ( American cookery writer).
On August 14, 2005, Cristeta Comerford was appointed “Head Chef” of the White House kitchen by First Lady Laura Bush .