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White House seeks new head chef
Top chefs across the US are frantically dusting off their CVs - the White House has announced it is looking for a new executive chef.
The coveted post has been held for 11 years by Walter Scheib who is packing up his white toque to pursue "other opportunities".
Mr Scheib was hired by former First Lady Hillary Clinton from a resort in West Virginia popular with politicians.He is known for a contemporary style which emphasises regional produce.
The office of the First Lady Laura Bush will be overseeing the appointment of his successor. Howevern spokeswoman Rachel told reporters that the position would not be advertised.
Asked how candidates would be selected and whether foreign chefs would be considered she said "I cannot comment on the selection process."
As executive chef at the White House, Mr Scheib's duties include preparing all menus and meals for the First Family and their private entertaining as well as office and State Dinners.
Planning for a State Dinner takes two months he said starting with a tasting dinner for the First Lady after which the menu is revised and a second tasting may or may not be held.
A list of guests' individual and dietary food preferences are sent to the kitchen in advance.
"American cuisine consists of influences from all countries so we try to feature flavour combinations or cooking techniques from the guest country as part of the State Dinner menu." he added.