Dinner on an Amish Farm in Lancaster County, PA
The Guests: Le Club des Chefs des Chefs
L'association Gastronomique la plus Exclusive au Monde :
The Most Prestigious Chefs' Association in the World
Chefs to Heads of State and to Royal Families
The Hosts: Oasis at Bird-in-Hand: An Amish Organic Food Co-op
Above: Chef Cristeta Comerford:
White House executive chef to President Obama and President Bush.
First female executive chef to White House, and first Asian-American (Philippine-American).
She was appointed executive chef by former First Lady Laura Bush.
Chef to the Queen of England and the British Royal Family.
Is head of a staff of 20 chefs in the royal palaces: Windsor, Sandringham, Balmoral and Buckingham Palace.
Above: Grandmas were the executive chefs for the day. (And every day in Lancaster County).
Grass-fed beef pot roast and whole carrots, from local Amish organic farms.
Above: Preparing the jelly.
Above: Assisting in the kitchen / barn.
Above: Mashing the mashed potatoes.
Above: At the stoves along a wall of the barn.
Above: Supervising the kitchen.
Above: Unwrapping the butter.
Above: Mint sprigs for the fruit-and-cheese appetizer.
Above: Appetizer: Melon and berries, with cheese from Oasis at Bird-in-Hand.
Above: Preparing the salad.
Above: Mason-jar decor.
Above: Hand-crafted tablecloth for hand-crafted food.
Above: Ice into the water cooler.
Above: Ice into the glasses.
Above: Playing before dinner.
Above: Waiting for the chefs' bus to arrive.
Above: The chefs arrive.
Above: Serving raspberry lemonade and meadow tea to the chefs.
Above: Raspberry lemonade for Chef Ferrier Richardson, chef to President Ondimba of Gabon, West Africa.
Above: Pre-dinner drinks with the international chefs.
Above: Co-host and master of ceremonies: Leroy Miller, dairy manager of Oasis at Bird-in-Hand food co-op.
Above: Chefs introduce themselves: French Chef Christian Garcia, chef to Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Chef Garcia is a member of the Académie Culinaire de France, the Disciples d'Auguste Escoffier and the Grand Cordon d'Or de la Cuisine Française.
Above: Chef Liu Qiang of China.
Above: Four sturdy chefs on two sturdy benches.
Above: Dinner in the barn.
Above: German Chef Ulrich Kerz, chef to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Above: Swiss chef Gregor Zimmerman, Executive chef of state receptions.
Above: Serving the red-beet-egg salads.
Above: Choice of raw milk or pasteurized drinkable yogurt from Oasis at Bird-in-Hand. Chef Isto Tahvanainen, chef to President Sauli Niinisto of Finland.
Above: Serving the milk and yogurt.
Above: Refilling the water.
Above: Serving vegetables.
Above: Serving the roast beef and carrots, family style.
Above: Grass-fed beef roast and whole carrots, from local Amish organic farms.
Above: Serving the mashed potatoes.
Above: Photographing the chicken croquettes.
Above: Israeli chef Shalom Kadosh photographs the peach pie.
Above: A waiter at his table.
Above: Playing while the chefs eat.
Above: Lancaster Newspapers photographer Richard Hertzler.
Photographing the Amish was o.k., if you didn't ask them to pose.
Above: Bringing in the whoopie pies.
Above: Swiss chef Gregor Zimmerman photographs his whoopie pie.
Above: Thanks from the chefs and their families to the Amish families.
Above: Lancaster Newspapers reporter Cindy Stauffer intervews Chef Mark Flanagan, Royal Chef to England's Queen Elizabeth II.
Above: Reporter Cindy Stauffer interviews Master of Ceremonies Leroy Miller.
Above: Co-Hosts Leroy Miller and Dale Stoltzfus of Oasis at Bird-in-Hand food co-op.
Above: Digital technology.
Above: Bringing in a pony cart for the chefs' kids.
Above: Swiss chef Gregor Zimmerman and the pony.
Above: White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford and Amish buggy.
Above: Food scraps to the hogs.
Above: Doing the dishes.
Above: Washing the pony.
Above: Sorry to say Good-bye to the chefs.
Lancaster Newspapers' online article and video about this dinner, Here.
The international chefs' club: Le Club des Chefs des Chefs, Here.
The Amish organic food co-op: Oasis at Bird-in-Hand, Here.
White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford: Wikipedia article Here.
German Chancellery Chef Ulrich Kerz: Photos and articles Here.
Swiss Official Chef Gregor Zimmerman: Photos and articles Here.
"Eating is an agricultural act."
(Quote: Wendell Berry, Kentucky farmer and writer, 1990.)
Photography and web page by Lee J. Stoltzfus