News Release Date : 05/30/2006
Food Service Gets “Presidential Flavor” at St. Mary’s of Michigan
New Executive Chef Charles Clevenger
Food service at St. Mary’s of Michigan now has a “Presidential Flavor,” thanks to new Executive Chef Charles Clevenger. The 48-year old Clevenger, a Certified Executive Chef who recently began his duties at St. Mary’s of Michigan, has prepared meals for the late President Ronald Reagan and the first President George Bush.
Clevenger became well acquainted with Reagan and Bush while he was a chef in the U.S. Navy stationed at Camp David from 1987 through 1991. He was one of a staff of seven who prepared food for the President and various dignitaries and celebrities who visited Camp David. Bush even taught Clevenger how to cook a “Texas Steak” which is black on the outside and red in the middle. In fact, one of the best “on the job” experiences he had was when President Bush said to “go ahead and grab a beer and let me show you how I like my steaks.” Clevenger also recounts the time when President Bush came to the staff saying he was bored and looking for someone to bowl against on Camp David’s two lane bowling alley. Clevenger didn’t cut the Commander in Chief any slack. “I beat him,” he says. “I do remember the next day he grabbed me to play horseshoes and he just took me to task.”
As for President Reagan, Clevenger says “he liked his chicken dishes, just a variety of chicken dishes.” For dessert, Reagan preferred a fruit cup. Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, Helmut Kohl and Arnold Swartzenegger are a few of the other world famous politicians and celebrities Clevenger has had the pleasure to cook for.