There's No New White House Chef — And One Man Knew It

Cristeta Comerford in the White House kitchen

Cristeta Comerford: The White House chef (seen here in 2002) is staying put. Maybe it was the macaroni and cheese. Getty Images hide caption

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The New York Times has quashed the raging food-world rumors about the possibility of a new White House chef.

And now Walter Scheib can say it: I told you so.

Scheib is a former White House chef who cooked for Clinton and Bush the Younger. I called him two weeks after the election, as breathless readers were flooding my e-mail inbox with questions about who Obama would appoint for the role — as if chef were a cabinet position only slightly less important than Secretary of State.