Louie Ocampo Visits White House; Cristeta Comerford Gets Starstruck

As often noted here, White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford has long been a national heroine and a household name in the Philippines, her homeland. This was going on even before Comerford became the Top Toque for First Lady Michelle Obama and started making high-profile media appearances (Iron Chef America, etc.), because Comerford is regarded as one of the most successful ex-pats the country has given to America. As such, Comerford's White House activities are frequently mentioned in Philippine media. Funfare, an English-language website, details an April 3rd visit to the White House by famed Filipino composer Louie Ocampo, which had Comerford "starstruck."

Ocampo was reportedly equally smitten, as Comerford gave him and his family a tour of the White House and the kitchen, and introduced them to Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, among other culi staff.

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