As we enter President Trump’s first week in office, hundreds of administration positions currently remain unfilled, including a high-profile job in the White House kitchen. While speculation has run rampant since just after Election Day, no announcement of a new chef has been made. But in a brief interview yesterday, one notable chef sounded interested in taking the job.
Talking to the Hollywood Reporter, David Burke, who has opened more than a dozen restaurants in the last 25 years, including the BLT Prime in President Trump’s new D.C. hotel, expressed a willingness to work at the White House. “I already have a restaurant in D.C., so I could put someone in place and oversee things,” Burke said. He also noted some positive aspects of a job serving at the pleasure of the president: “It’s not a restaurant, so you don’t have to make money and just think of the resources—you could get anything you want. It could be a great learning opportunity for cooks. We could start an apprenticeship program for young chefs and get D.C. restaurants and hotels involved!”