Internationally Famous Filipina – Cristeta Comerford – Cooking For The White House

Famous Filipino:

Cristeta Comerford – World Class Filipino Chef
Cristeta Comerford - World Class Filipino Chef


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

While working at The Colonnade at the AN Hotel, she implemented the “Culinary Arts Gallery” which showcased the best of American fine cuisine.200px-cristeta_comerford


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 .

2 comments for “Internationally Famous Filipina – Cristeta Comerford – Cooking For The White House

  1. maria dominguez
    November 29, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    i bet lady gaga can cook better than yaw this stinks!

    • Tropicalpenpals
      November 30, 2010 at 12:31 am

      What you talking about?