Guest Chef Series at UMass Amherst Features Former White House Chef Walter Scheib on Sept. 19

AMHERST, Mass. – Walter Scheib, the former executive chef for the White House, will visit the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Wednesday, Sept. 19 as part of Dining Services’ Guest Chef Series.

Scheib, the author of “White House Chef: Eleven Years, Two Presidents, One Kitchen,” will prepare dishes from his tenure in Washington, D.C., which spanned the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Scheib will greet students during the three-course dinner, which will be served in the Berkshire Dining Commons from 5-9 p.m. The meal will include such Clinton family favorites as sweet potato soup with curried cream and baby back ribs with fire cracker dipping sauce, and Bush family favorites such as corn and scallop chowder and penne pasta salad.

Ken Toong, director of dining and retail food services, says that his staff is just as excited as the students are about hosting such a prestigious chef. “Having a former White House chef cooking for students is an extraordinary occasion for college dining,” he says. “We think that UMass students will be interested to learn about and taste some of the signature entrees being served at the White House.”

The Guest Chef Series kicked off with Mai Pham, the chef and owner of Lemon Grass Restaurant in Sacramento, Calif., who brought authentic Vietnamese cuisine to the Berkshire Dining Commons during move-in weekend on Sept. 2. Iliana de la Vega, chef and owner of the El Naranjo restaurant in southern Mexico, will return to campus on Sept. 27. De la Vega first brought her popular Oaxacan cuisine to campus during the spring 2007 guest chef series.

All guest chef meals are free to students on the meal plan and are $11 for the general public.