Chef Andre Rush served as a White Home chef for Invoice Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump — and is aware of their gastronomical secrets and techniques.
Two of the commanders-in-chief loved noshing on hamburgers.
“Like with Trump . . . he favored burgers,” Rush, 49, instructed The Put up. “But additionally on the similar time, Invoice Clinton cherished burgers as nicely. It simply wasn’t talked about as a result of social media was not current on the time.”
Barack Obama was pressured to eat on the more healthy facet.
“He didn’t have a alternative, he had that massive ass backyard, so all the pieces needed to come from the backyard,” he stated. “You may’t simply say, ‘I’m going to implement issues with youngsters and wholesome consuming’ and never implement your self.”
Obama did have a cheat meals — pizza. “After all … [because he’s from] Chicago. And he did make his personal chili, which I type of enhanced,” Rush stated, laughing.
Bush “by no means wavered” from Southern-inspired meals.
“He was a Texan. He wouldn’t change that. He had his personal barbecue sauce that he did,” Rush stated. “He caught to his roots and that’s the place he was at.”
Rush began working at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in 1996 and served 4 administrations by 2019, however had some deployments in between.
He served within the Military for 23 years and achieved the rank of grasp sergeant.
His 24-inch biceps went viral on Twitter in 2018 — after somebody snapped a photograph of him on the grill throughout a White Home Ramadan meal.
Former CNN White Home correspondent Kate Bennett put the picture on Twitter and approached Rush.
“She’s laughing and he or she says, ‘I’m going to make you well-known’ . . . I’m like, ‘What are you speaking about?’ She’s like, ‘Go take a look at your Twitter.’ I’m like, ‘I don’t have Twitter.’”
Rush is now partnering with the United Providers Car Affiliation-established effort Face the Battle, which launched on Thursday, to boost consciousness and help for veteran suicide prevention.
Its mission is to interrupt the stigma round looking for assist and to chop the veteran suicide fee in half by 2030.
“The explanation why it’s so necessary to me is as a result of I’ve PTSD and I’ve misplaced a number of folks by suicide,” he stated. “I misplaced considered one of my troopers actually hours after speaking to me, contacting me on the cellphone.”
The fight veteran, who was deployed to Iraq, and Afghanistan, was working as a chef on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. That day, he misplaced buddies he recurrently labored out with on the gymnasium.
“I misplaced my guys,” he stated. “I don’t discuss that so much.”
To remind him of his mission, he does 2,222 pushups every morning — based mostly on the truth that a mean of twenty-two navy veterans take their very own lives every day.
“I get up at 3 o’clock within the morning. I meditate, I do the pushups,” he stated. “It’s not my exercise. I actually do my pushups for my trigger.”
The Mississippi native, who grew up in public housing, turned focused on cooking from watching his mom however hid it from his father.
“My dad was an individual that stated, ‘Boys don’t prepare dinner and the lads go to work they usually don’t go to high school.’ That was an outdated Southern mentality,” he defined. “However I snuck and cooked with my mother.”
He by no means instructed his father of his calling till the 12 months earlier than he died.
“My dad handed away about three years in the past, and he discovered that I used to be really a chef about 4 years in the past,” he stated. “He solely checked out black-and-white TV, no social media, no web. After I instructed him this, he cried, and he was like, ‘I’d have cherished you anyway.’”
In February, Rush debuted his Tubi present “Kitchen Commando,” the place he works to save struggling D.C. eating places.
In one of many episodes, he did an ornate ice carving of a seahorse, which even managed to impress Chef Gordon Ramsay.
“He stated, ‘Did you purchase the ice carving?’ I’m like, ‘What do you imply, did I purchase it?’” he recalled.
“He was like, ‘No manner you probably did that in that period of time.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, I did that. I did it in half-hour.’ He’s like, ‘Get the hell out of right here.’”
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