Chef Walter Scheib

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Biography

If you are looking for someone to speak at a corporate event or a private dinner party, Walter Scheib can elevate the experience of any gathering. For eleven years, Executive Chef Walter Scheib worked out of the heart of the White House—the kitchen. Hired by Hillary Clinton to revolutionize the culinary program at the White House, Walter brought in artisanal products from all over the country, started a herb garden on the roof, and retrained the staff. As the personal chef of two first families (two terms with Clinton and one with Bush) Walter can offer a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the White House. As the Executive Chef behind some of the most memorable State Dinners (Tony Blair, Nelson Mandela) and First Lady Luncheons (Lady Diana Spencer) Walter shares his personal and professional anecdotes. His talks are tailored to each event and can include cooking demonstrations and hands-on classes. The American Chef team can recreate classic White House menus or themes such as First Lady Luncheons, Holidays at the White House, or specific State Dinners.

In April 1994, after a lengthy application and screening process, Walter Scheib became the chef to America's chief executive and the First Family. First Lady Hillary Clinton, impressed by the comprehensive spa menu Scheib had developed for the Greenbrier resort, as well as his highlighting of American cuisine, personally hired Scheib. For 11 years, he prepared everything from simple family meals to elaborate and formal State Dinners. His culinary creations dazzled and delighted White House guests including Nelson Mandela, Emperor Aikihito, Jacques Chirac, Boris Yeltsin, Vaclav Havel, Lady Diana Spencer, Tony Blair, Vicente Fox, and others, not to mention the thousands of congressional members, journalists, and other House visitors who got to know his food.

Scheib has developed a very popular speaking approach regaling guests with interesting, informative and often humorous anecdotes from his years in the White House. Scheib has made numerous appearances, both national and local. On the CBS Early Show, he demonstrated how to make a "presidential burger"...on the Fourth of July, no less. Additional television appearances include The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, Weekend Today in New York, Nightline and Iron Chef on the Food Network Station. Newspaper and Magazine stories and interviews about his company and his food have been seen in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The U.S. News and World Report, in addition to other articles. Please visit the americanchef.com for the full text of these articles. He is the co-author of the newly published White House Chef: Eleven Years, Two Presidents, One Kitchen, which was released in January 2007.

Great food and conversation with White House flair. Walter can create functions for any size group, in any setting, ranging from a State style formal dinner and a First Lady's lunch to a formal reception and First Family holiday. The American Chef is your event partner if you are looking to host a cozy dinner at home for six or an outdoor BBQ for a hundred. Walter Scheib can share with your guests personal anecdotes from his years in Washington, DC and if a White House menu has been served, he can discuss in length about the occasion for which it was originally developed.

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