"From 1994 to 2005 I was the executive chef at the White House. This offered me not only the personal honor of serving two unique and interesting first families, but the professional challenge of fulfilling Hillary Clinton's mandate of bringing contemporary American cuisine and nutritionally responsible food to the White House."
"This meant that nearly all the product used was obtained from local growers and suppliers. There was a small garden on the roof of the White House where produce was grown. The ethic of the purchasing and the cooking at the White House under my direction and under the continuing direction of [current Obama White House executive chef] Cris Comerford is one of respect for the pedigree of the product and manner it is grown, gathered, raised or caught."
"The Clinton and Bush families dined regularly on organic foods. Both wagyu and grass-fed beef were frequently used."
Sam Kass's title is assistant White House chef and food initiative coordinator. He is the guy that cooks primarily for the first family while the the White House chef, Christeta Comerford, primarily takes care of the more formal events. Once he came to the White House staff in 2008, he was a bit of a thorn in the side of the president's drive to help big agribusiness make money to the exclusion of health of Americans. Mr. Kass made this statement on his blog-
“We find ourselves in a fight to salvage a food system that has been ravaged by an approach of quantity over quality,” he wrote. “The industry our society has built around food is harmful and unsustainable.”
Well, isn't that interesting. As the last three presidents