The Capital: Into the Blender

When Rene Verdon quit in a Gallic huff last month as White House chef, Lady Bird Johnson had already lined up his successor: Henri Haller, 43, Swiss-born executive chef at New York City's Sheraton-East Hotel, better known to gourmets as the old Ambassador (and soon to be torn down for an office building). By last week Haller's security clearance was in, and the White House announced his appointment. He was immediately enmeshed in the big blender of bureaucracy. The White House handout changed his first name to plain old Henry, and Liz Carpenter, Lady Bird's press aide, ordered him...

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