Search goes on for miss­ing for­mer White House chef

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Author­i­ties re­sumed a search by air and ground Satur­day in a New Mexico moun­tain range for a for­mer White House chef who has now been miss­ing for a week.

New Mexico State Po­lice spokes­woman El­iz­a­beth Ar­mijo said the agency plans to ex­haust all re­sources to con­duct an ex­ten­sive search for 61-year-old Wal­ter Scheib, the White House chef for 11 years un­der Pres­i­dents Bill Clin­ton and Ge­orge W. Bush

Scheib re­cently moved from Florida to Taos, New Mexico, and re­port­edly went for a hike June 13 in the moun­tains near the Taos Ski Val­ley. His girl­friend re­ported him miss­ing the next day. Taos po­lice found his ve­hi­cle Tues­day parked at the Yerba Canyon trail­head. The 4-mile (6.4-kilo­me­ter) trail fol­lows a canyon bot­tom be­fore climb­ing to 3,700 feet (1,110 me­ters) in el­e­va­tion, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. For­est Ser­vice web­site.

The U.S. Air Force and the New Mexico Na­tional Guard are as­sist­ing in the search. An air search has been made dif­fi­cult with the pres­ence of high moun­tain peaks, deep canyons and dense veg­e­ta­tion. The rough ter­rain has also made the ground search harder.

Scheib, who grad­u­ated from New York’s Culi­nary In­sti­tute of Amer­ica in 1979 and later worked at grand ho­tels in Florida and West Vir­ginia, be­came White House ex­ec­u­tive chef in April 1994 when First Lady Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton hired him.

He was in charge of a full­time staff of five and over­saw a part-time staff of 20. Scheib was known for re­fo­cus­ing the White House kitchen on dis­tinctly Amer­i­can cui­sine with sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents and con­tem­po­rary fla­vors. He was re­spon­si­ble for pre­par­ing ev­ery­thing from First Fam­ily meals to for­mal State Din­ners.

Last month, Scheib cooked din­ner for a can­cer char­ity’s fundraiser at a ho­tel in Scran­ton, Penn­syl­va­nia. He told the Times Leader news­pa­per that pre­par­ing meals at the White House had re­quired him to have a dif­fer­ent out­look on food and cook­ing.

“When you’re work­ing at the White House, it’s not a ho­tel or a res­tau­rant, or a pri­vate club. It’s a per­sonal home,” Scheib said. “Our goal wasn’t just to cook food at the White House, it was to give the First Fam­ily an is­land of nor­mal in a very, very crazy world.”

His cre­ations were served to many world lead­ers in­clud­ing Tony Blair, Jac­ques Chirac, Vi­cente Fox, Nel­son Man­dela and Boris Yeltsin.

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