What does it take to be a White House chef? A vast cooking knowledge? Of course. A degree in culinary? Probably. A myriad of food-preparation experiences? Could be. How about a 24-inch gun of biceps? Former White House Chef Andre Rush thinks so.

The Making of Chef Andre Rush

Andre Rush, the youngest among eight children, was born in Mississippi. He played football and high school and was known as “Horse” because of “how hard he ran the football and how strong he was.” according to state Rep. Kabir Karriem, his childhood friend. “He was scrawny. But that boy was some kind of strong. Neckbone strong, I call it,” he added.

More than being strong, Rush also holds three degrees— a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Trident University International, an associate degree in Hotel Restaurant Management from Central Texas College, and an associate degree in Culinary from Stafford University. In 1993, he enlisted in the Army because, according to his interview with Hollywood Real, “he wanted to be part of something bigger.” Hence, he chose to be in the military. Despite the football, art, and track scholarships that he was offered, as well as the Olympic trial that he was lined up for, he chose to be in the military. He also served as a trainer in hand-to-hand combat and food service.

Career At the White House

Chef Rush. @chefandrerush / Facebook

Chef Rush began cooking in the White House in 1997 and did so for four administrations— Bill Clinton, George Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump.