"I have spent my life teaching others to cook from emotion and instinct while making Kings, Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers laugh and enjoy food. I've lived on several continents, rode white Arabian horses and camels in the desert, enjoyed traditional tea ceremonies in the bamboo forests of Japan and fed the hungry worldwide. We leave stuffy, snobby and uppity for others. Instead, our cooks and chefs focus on laughter, recipes and having fun in the kitchen with one another! Chef Marti Mongiello, Culinary Director
Our Executive Chef, Marti Mongiello was a White House Chef of the White House Military Office (WHMO-code called "Whammo") attached under the White House Staff Mess (WHSM) that fields 55 to 75 US Navy Culinary Specialist Chefs, Bakers and Cooks with liaison work to the White House Communications Agency (WHCA-code called "Waakah"), US Secret Service, US Army, US Air Force, US Marine Corps Detachment headquartered out of USMC 8th and I in Washington, DC and completed serving/retiring from the US Navy for 21 years active duty. He remains subject to recall to the Presidency, or Navy, until age 65 and was the Executive Chef at Camp David establishing the first ever Brigade system of Chefs at the Presidential Resort and Retreat Conference Center; later becoming a Manager of the Camp David Resort with specialized trust, codes, archiving, curatorial, security, fiduciary and leadership responsibilities. He was specialty trained in anti-terrorism schools held by the Marine Corps, Army and other units for bomb/blast/nuclear attack while graduating 1st in his class from law enforcement academy. He also cooked US State Dinners inside the White House for the world's leaders, stars and royalty. Marti routinely planned menus, cooked daily or conducted exotic special events for President Bill Clinton, Steve Jobs, Nicholas Cage, President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro of Italy, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, His Majesty King Abdullah II and Her Majesty Queen Rania with Crown Prince Hussein and Prince Hashem of the Royal Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Author Gay Talese, Sophia Loren, Lord Robertson of NATO, Joe Garagiola, Sr., Sheryl Crow, Prime Minister Hashimoto of Japan, Paul Tagliabue, President Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil, Jon Bon Jovi and President Constantinos Stephanopolous of Greece as a partial list only. His awards, cups and trophies total over 200 and a full list of those served well exceeds thousands of leaders and stars.
The awards from President George H.W. Bush were for running the then, Bayshore's 1500 room resort in Pensacola, Florida at the Naval Air Station (NASP). Marti was detailed to six continents and lived on three - learning six languages to be successful in his job as a resort and household General Manager. The fact the he was also a Chef always seemed to be handy for a dinner of six people or 600!