The tragic drowning loss of life of former White Home sous chef and the Obama household’s private chef Tafari Campbell over the weekend is unfortunately just like the untimely demise of one other White Home kitchen veteran.
Campbell’s loss of life comes simply eight years after Walter Scheib, who served because the White Home Govt Chef from 1994 to 2005, was discovered partially submerged in a ravine within the New Mexico mountains on June 21, 2015.
The 61-year-old Scheib was first reported lacking by his girlfriend on June 14, in the future after he did not return from a hike close to Taos Ski Valley.
Scheib died from drowning, an post-mortem later revealed.
The Culinary Institute of America graduate was appointed White Home Govt Chef in 1994, after then-First Girl Hillary Clinton was wowed by his pecan-crusted rack of lamb at a West Virginia resort, in accordance with ABC.
Scheib ultimately grew to become identified for refocusing the manager mansion’s menu on American delicacies and seasonal components.
He remained in his place via President George W. Bush’s first time period in workplace. In 2005, he left to turn out to be a meals marketing consultant and speaker.
In 2006, he co-authored the cookbook “White Home Chef: Eleven Years, Two Presidents, One Kitchen” and appeared on the Meals Community’s “Iron Chef America.”
After his loss of life in 2015, the Clintons praised Scheib’s “scrumptious and inventive” meals, in addition to how he “used his immense skills not solely to characterize the perfect of American delicacies to visiting leaders, however to make a distinction in individuals’s lives” via non-profit work, ABC mentioned on the time.
Former First Girl Laura Bush added that Scheib was “an astounding expertise.”
Like Scheib, Campbell, 45, a former White Home sous chef, is believed to have drowned.
An unnamed witness noticed him struggling within the water earlier than submerging a ultimate time whereas paddle boarding on Sunday night.
The married father of two was later reported to have been sporting all black and didn’t have a life jacket.
His physique was discovered at 10 a.m. Monday following an intensive search by sniffer canines and aerial investigators.
Campbell was a sous chef on the White Home via a part of Bush and all of Obama’s tenure.
The previous First Household then poached him as their private chef once they left the White Home in 2017.
“Tafari was a beloved a part of our household,” the Obamas mentioned in a press release Monday.
“Once we first met him, he was a proficient sous chef on the White Home — inventive and obsessed with meals, and its skill to convey individuals collectively. Within the years that adopted, we acquired to know him as a heat, enjoyable, terribly variety one who made all of our lives a bit of brighter.
“That’s why, after we had been on the point of depart the White Home, we requested Tafari to stick with us, and he generously agreed. He’s been a part of our lives ever since, and our hearts are damaged that he’s gone.
“As we speak we be part of everybody who knew and beloved Tafari — particularly his spouse Sherise and their twin boys, Xavier and Savin — in grieving the lack of a really great man.”
Campbell’s spouse, Sherise, additionally shared a heartbroken tribute to her husband on Instagram early Tuesday.
“My coronary heart is damaged. My life and our household’s life is endlessly modified,” she wrote.
“Please pray for me and our households as I cope with the lack of my husband.”
The Obama household was not dwelling on the time of Campbell’s drowning, officers mentioned.