White House executive chef Cristeta Pasia Comerford receives an honorary degree from UP

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 11) — The University of the Philippines conferred on Monday an honorary degree to the White House's Filipino-American executive chef.

Cristeta Pasia Comerford, who earlier studied Food Technology in UP, received the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa at the Diliman campus.

Comerford has worked at the White House since 1997 and became executive chef in 2005 by former US First Lady Laura Bush. She is the first woman and the first chef of Asian descent to occupy the prestigious post.

She has also served as a consultant to several US government agencies.

In 2014, Comerford received the Presidential Pamana ng Pilipino Award, which is awarded to people who "in exemplifying the talent and industry of the Filipino, have brought the country honor and recognition through excellence and distinction in the pursuit of their work or profession."