White House Profile
Sam Kass
Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy

Sam Kass is the Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy. In this capacity, Sam leads the First Lady’s work to help America raise a healthier generation of kids and ensure that kids have the opportunity for the long, healthy lives they deserve. As Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition he also advises on food and nutrition issues beyond Let’s Move!.

One of the First Lady’s longest serving advisors, Sam previously served as Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives. Sam helped First Lady Michelle Obama create the first major vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden. To date, the garden has yielded thousands of pounds of produce that has been used to feed event guests, staff and the First Family at the White House, with further harvests donated to local food shelters.

In 2009, Sam joined the White House Kitchen staff under Executive Chef Cris Comerford’s leadership as Assistant Chef and, in 2010, became Food Initiative Coordinator. Sam is a Chicago native and college athlete, Sam played baseball for the University of Chicago and graduated with a degree in U.S. History. He worked at 312 and Avec in Chicago and was trained as a chef by one of Austria’s greatest chefs, Chef Christian Domschitz in Vienna.

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Sam Kass's Posts

  • Ale to the Chief: White House Beer Recipe

    America asked, we delivered. Check out the recipe for the White House Honey Ale and White House Honey Porter.


  • Healthy Kids

    Chefs Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids

    White House Assistant Chef and the Food Initiative Coordinator Sam Kass discusses the "Chefs Move to Schools" initiative and the event that brought hundreds of chefs from across the country to the White House to answer the First Lady's call to adopt a school and help kids develop healthy habits.


  • Healthy Kids

    Announcing "Chefs Move to Schools"

    Sam Kass, White House Assistant Chef and the Food Initiative Coordinator, anounces the “Chefs Move to Schools” Program that will pair chefs with schools in their communities to create healthy meals and teach young people about nutrition and making healthy choices.


  • Healthy Kids

    Spring Planting

    White House chef Sam Kass discusses the annual Spring planting of the White House Kitchen Garden and the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative.


  • Harvesting the Winter Garden

    Assistant Chef Sam Kass writes about harvesting the winter garden at the White House.


  • Additional Issues

    Planting the Winter Garden

    See how the White House, with help from the Department of Agriculture, is planting winter crops like spinach, lettuce and carrots as well as protecting valuable topsoil from harsh winter weather.


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