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The White House kitchen during President Barack Obama’s administration. White House Chef Cristeta Comeford was at the helm, and she was the first female-appointed executive White House chef—appointed by President George W. Bush in 2005. Chef prepared many vegetable dishes—Michelle Obama planted the most expansive vegetable garden in White House history, beginning in March 2009. She also prepared many pots of chilis—the President loved ground beef and turkey chili.