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Obamas' chef keeps it simple

FOR the White House chef, serving homegrown vegetables from the garden is just like preparing food in her native Philippines - healthy and simple.

Filipino-American Cristeta Pasia-Comerford, the first woman and first minority to serve as the executive chef in the White House, credited the First Lady for making sure her family eats steamed, organic vegetables from the garden Michelle Obama planted in April.

"Mrs Obama is a very hands-on person when it comes to knowing healthy meals for the family," Comerford told a news conference in Manila yesterday.

She is one of three to be honored this year in Manila by the Bank of the Philippines as an outstanding Filipino overseas. The honor will be formally awarded today.

She said that picking food from the garden reminded her of summers spent at her grandmother's house in the Philippines' Bulacan Province.

"They like simple meals, they like simple food," she said of the First Family.

Michelle Obama said earlier that she and Comerford shared a "perspective on the importance of healthy eating and healthy families."

Comerford, who also served under former President George W. Bush, studied French cooking in Vienna, Austria, and specializes in both ethnic and American cuisine.


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