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‘Hail to the Chef’: Student Shares Stories of White House Cooking

Former White House Chef Samuel A. Morgante is joined by Jordan R. Sterrett, a hospitality management student from Bellefonte, in his cooking demo.
Former White House Chef Samuel A. Morgante is joined by Jordan R. Sterrett, a hospitality management student from Bellefonte, in his cooking demo.
Stars, stripes and the presidential seal all adorn the White House uniform.
Stars, stripes and the presidential seal all adorn the White House uniform.
Students pay close attention to White House chef's experiences.
Students pay close attention to White House chef’s experiences.
Coins and cutlery are among souvenirs bearing the White House insignia.
Coins and cutlery are among souvenirs bearing the White House insignia.

The last of the fall semester’s demonstrations by culinary arts and systems majors gave attendees a rare personal perspective on a job that combines kitchen artistry, intense food safety, after-hours vigilance, high-level security clearance and spur-of-the-moment travel. In his “Cooking With a White House Chef” presentation, Samuel A. Morgante – a former chef in the administration of President George W. Bush, since retired from the Navy and enrolled in Penn College’s School of Integrated Studies – prepared a Southwestern Barbecued Chicken recipe for his Hager Lifelong Education Center guests. Morgante’s anecdote-filled presentation, the fourth in recent weeks by School of Hospitality students, also included giveaways and a close-up look at the chef’s collection of White House memorabilia.
Photos by Marc T. Kaylor, student photographer

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