Former White House Chef found dead in a Mexico river

Former White House Chef found dead in a Mexico river

The 61-year-old Walter Scheib, who had been the White House executive chef for 11 years, was found dead Sunday in a river in New Mexico.

The 61-year-old Walter Scheib, who had been the White House executive chef for 11 years, was found dead Sunday in a river in New Mexico.

He had been missing for over a week. His body was found in a river near a hiking trail above the Taos Ski Valley. Scheib’s car was located near the Yerba Canyon trail head while his body was found less than 2 miles from that location, according to police.

Scheib’s girlfriend reported that he was missing the day after he went for a hike on June 13. Nobody else knew about Sheib’s aims. However, the police stated they didn’t believe that Scheib hadn’t informed anyone about his hiking plans and that he was going to stay outdoors for more than a day as well.

After the 4-mile Yerba Canyon trail there is a canyon bottom before climbing to nearly 4 000 feet in elevation. The last captured signal from Schaib’s cell phone was detected near a peak at around 3 p.m. local time. Then, according to the National Weather Service report, several storms pounded that area just at the time when Scheib’s cellular signal was lost. So it is believed that he encountered troubles on the descent after he reached the summit of the trail or came somewhere near.

Walter Scheib started working as White House executive chef in April 1994 after being hired by the former First Lady Hilary Clinton.

In one interview he stated:

When you’re working at the White House, it’s not a hotel or a restaurant, or a private club. It’s a personal home. Our goal wasn’t just to cook food at the White House, it was to give the First Family an island of normal in a very, very crazy world

Many world leaders such as Tony Blair, Jacques Chirac, Vicente Fox, Nelson Mandela and Boris Yeltsin had the possibility to try Scheib’s creations.

After leaving the White House in 2005, Scheib appeared on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” show in 2006.

Scheib's book entitled "White House Chef: Eleven Years, Two Presidents, One Kitchen"

Scheib’s book entitled “White House Chef: Eleven Years, Two Presidents, One Kitchen”

He also wrote a book entitled “White House Chef: Eleven Years, Two Presidents, One Kitchen” about his working experience, which was published in 2007.

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