Tiny is his nickname, and by now you can gather that it’s an ironic one. Andre Rush is a 285-pound tank of a human, who has to slit the sleeves of his chef coats to fit them around his now-famous 24-inch biceps, and who, since his appearance behind the President’s digs last, has been interviewed on TMZ, been written about in Colombia and Australia, and spawned a thousand Twitter jokes, (mostly about customers’ reluctance to send dishes back to the kitchen once they see the guy who made them).
Before he was an Internet celebrity, the Mississippi native was Army Master Sergeant Rush, a 23-year military veteran, who served as a senior aide to West Point’s superintendent and trained as a chef while serving his country, mastering everything from pastry and chocolate sculpting to ice carving. Known as the “strongest chef in the military,” Rush represented the army in culinary competitions, cooked for generals and foreign heads of state, and turned out feasts in challenging environments. Rush retired from the Army, and for now, he’s consulting and freelancing, cooking for major events at the White House, serving as a guest instructor for military trainings, smoking meat for neighborhood barbecues, and getting back into the gym. Those 24-inch arms can bench 700 pounds, though Rush says he focuses on endurance training—say, four rounds of 25 reps at a scant 225 pounds for a series of exercises—followed by post workout meals like a whole salmon fillet. For his next act, he’s contemplating a civilian role that would tap his culinary skills while bringing awareness to veterans’ issues, allowing him to advocate for the military family he still holds dear. “I’ve had opportunities to work in a big restaurant or be a private chef, but that’s not rewarding for me,” says Rush. “I’m all about giving back.”
“Don’t Label Me”
Saturday, 3:00 pm-3:30 pm Healthy Living Pavilion
It is important to know the right amounts of ingredients or products that the FDA approves for arbitrary eating, diet, and consumption. This informative seminar & demo by witty and wise White House Chef Andre Rush, is a must attend as he will share his knowledge of products and their proper percentages as well as servings. Let Chef Andre guide you on your path to a more informed, healthier eating lifestyle.