Cris Comerford who has been selected to receive the 100 Most Influential Filipina American Women in the United States Award will deliver the keynote acceptance speech on behalf of the 2012 Awardees at the Awards Gala Celebration on August 31, 2012 at the Stanford Court Hotel.
Born in Manila, Philippines, Cristeta “Cris” Comerford now works in the most famous house in the United States of America. Comerford became the first woman to become the executive chef at the White House since the Kennedys appointed the position to a high-profile statement of personal style. She is also the first minority, a Filipino-American to hold the position. Serving as an assistant chef during the Clinton Administration, her consummate passion and talents proved worthy. Mrs. Laura Bush appointed her in August, 2005. She continues to serve the President and First Lady Michelle Obama. Her many responsibilities include designing and executing menus for state dinners, social events, holiday functions, receptions and official luncheons.
The First Lady’s Food Initiatives have encouraged her White House culinary team to adopt an elementary school in DC, the Harriet Tubman Elementary School as a part of the Let’s Move Campaign. Her team of chefs have continually embraced healthy cooking and eating as a passion and lifestyle choice.Chef Comerford attended the University of the Philippines to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Food Technology.
Her 26 years of culinary experience include fine dining restaurants in Washington DC, Chicago, Austria, Napa Valley and France. As a member of the Club Chefs du Chef, an association of chefs of heads of states, she had continually pursued her growth in techniques, abilities and food trends. Because of her strong belief in family and community, she had faithfully served as a church deacon and currently leading a home study group with her husband, John. They have both volunteered on humanitarian trips to an impoverished town in Brazil. Her eleven year old daughter Danielle had shown her culinary interest by writing their New Year’s Eve Dinner menu and family events. They live in Columbia, Maryland in between visiting families in Seattle and Chicago.
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- Powerful Pinays at the Bay – Power Walk at the Golden Gate Bridge
- Make Me a Filipina Millionaire – Filipina millionaires sharing their stories
- Pinay Talks
- Dream Act: Myths & Facts
- Labor Panel: class struggles in Filipino America
- Mayor Ed Lee’s Welcome Reception @ City Hall “Pinay Gastronomika & Pulitika”
- Speed Kwentuhan – FWN100 Awardees share their deepest secrets over tsokolaté
- Sheroes & Legends – accomplished Pinays reinventing themselves
- Lunch at San Francisco’s famous Food Truck Park
- Make Me a Filipina CEO – being corporate savvy
- Speed Femtoring – FWN100 Awardees femtors 100 young Pinays
- FWN100 Awards Gala
- Pinay Power After Hours
- Pinay Time Capsule Closing Ceremony
- The Global Filipina – accomplished women whose work impacts the world
And make sure you reserve your room at the Stanford Court by calling 1-800-227-4736 and ask for the FWN special rate of $199/single or double. Available until August 3rd.