A Former White House Executive Chef’s Bag Lunch

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As the White House executive chef from 1994 to 2005, Walter Scheib occasionally packed to-go lunches for both President Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The former was a “voracious eater,” he says, citing Clinton’s “see-food diet.” (Hillary’s attention to nutrition, as well as daughter Chelsea’s vegan diet, kept the president on a balanced menu.) As for Bush: peanut butter and honey sandwiches, BLTs, grilled cheese, and hamburgers were “his culinary universe,” he says. “He was a man of no pretense. He liked simple food.”

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