Recipe for Success: Cooking for the President

Still, those who have come before said spending time with the first family, especially the kids, was a joy.

"The young folks always gravitated toward the kitchen just like they would in any other home," said Scheib, fondly recalling how to teach Chelsea Clinton how to cook before she headed off to college.

"Getting to know them as human beings and getting to see the personal dynamic that takes place, that's a personal honor," Scheib said.

Rule No. 6: Do as they do in Chicago.


When in doubt, take a cue from Obama's Chicago playbook. A large group of restaurant owners and chefs in Chicago already have a read on the president's taste buds and can provide some tips for the log books.

For breakfast: Valois Cafeteria manager Tom Chronopoulos told ABCNews.com the president-elect enjoys a big breakfast of egg whites, bacon and hash browns.

And for dinner? You can't go wrong with a good old "Garbage Pizza," topped with pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, ground beef, green peppers, mushrooms and onions, according to Medici restaurant manager Mattie Pool.

ABC News' Matthew Jaffe contributed to this report.

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