11 Fun Facts About the White House Kitchen, Including Presidential Eating Habits

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The kitchen staff preparing a large meal in the main White House kitchen during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. Executive Chef Henry Haller is topping cakes with tomato slices with staff and White House coordinator Mary Kaltman. President Johnson was not known to be a gourmand—he favored simple pleasures like tapioca and sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallows. And Fresca! He was also reportedly the first president to host a barbecue—ribs were served. Haller served as chef to five presidents spanning 21 years.