Former White House Chef Eyes Upgrading Kosher


white-houseWalter Scheib remembers the day a team of rabbis kashered the White House kitchen for the traditional Chanukah party, under the watchful eye of First Lady Laura Bush. Chef Scheib had the distinction of serving two First Families, the Clintons and the Bushes. Now, Scheib believes that he has much to offer the rapidly growing kosher community with its emphasis on gourmet and upscale foods. He is planning to offer his artistry to kosher caterers, clients who desire an upscale kosher experience and to the creation of many new and innovative kosher products.

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.

ince he returned to private life, Scheib has founded The American Chef, the company through which he shares his knowledge of the development of American cuisine at the White House, as well as White House remembrances, with audiences across the country. Now Scheib ( is planning to open a special division for kosher.