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George W. Bush may be the Commander in Chief, but executive chef Cris Comerford rules the White House kitchen!

Growing up in the Philippines with 10 siblings, Cris says there were always mouths to feed. Years ago, her family came to America to make their dreams come true.

Cris worked her way up to the White House kitchen, where she became the assistant chef for the Clintons. She beat, whipped and pureed for 10 years before being promoted to chief chef!

Her main job is to prepare the family's breakfasts, lunches, dinners and the occasional late-night nibble. "They do a lot of sneaking around so, you know, whenever they have a taste for something like a little bite of a cookie or fudge, we have something. They're very healthy eaters as well," Cris says.

One of Mrs. Bush's favorite dishes is Cris's roasted pumpkin squash soup.

It's the big White House parties that this chef lives for. She says one of her favorite official dinners was for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla.

Cris says she's definitely living a dream come true. "If it's a dream," she says, "I don't want to wake up from it!"
FROM: Dream Jobs: Behind the Scenes with Oprah at Work
Published on November 16, 2006