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Crews search for ex-White House chef in New Mexico

AP, TAOS, New Mexico

Then-White House chef Walter Scheib greets chefs from around the world at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St Michaels, Maryland, on July 27, 2004.

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Authorities on Friday again searched a rugged New Mexico mountain range for a former White House chef reported missing on a solo hike.

The New Mexico State Police Department said they still have no leads on Walter Scheib, who was a White House chef for 11 years and served under former US presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Scheib, 61, recently moved from Florida to New Mexico and reportedly went for a hike on Saturday last week in the mountains near the Taos Ski Valley.

His girlfriend reported him missing and police found his car on Tuesday parked at the Yerba Canyon trailhead.

Authorities were using search-and-rescue dogs and helicopters to view areas too rough and remote to reach on foot. The US Air Force and the New Mexico National Guard were assisting in the search.

“We will continue searching until all resources and leads are exhausted,” New Mexico State Police spokeswoman Elizabeth Armijo said.

Scheib, who graduated from New York’s Culinary Institute of America in 1979 and later worked at hotels in Florida and West Virginia, became White House executive chef in April 1994 when then-first lady Hillary Clinton hired him.

He was in charge of a full-time staff of five and oversaw a part-time staff of 20.

Scheib was known for his creation of a distinctly US style of cuisine for the White House.

His creations were served to many world leaders including former British prime minister Tony Blair, former French president Jacques Chirac, former Mexican president Vicente Fox, former South African president Nelson Mandela and former Russian president Boris Yeltsin.

Scheib left the White House in 2005 when Laura Bush let him go.

He became a food consultant and speaker and appeared on the Food Network’s Iron Chef show in 2006.

Scheib also wrote a book about his experiences entitled White House Chef: Eleven Years, Two Presidents, One Kitchen. It was published in 2007.

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