NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain — The Navy’s top chefs are in demand by the nation’s top mess — the White House.

The Presidential Food Service Department is looking for culinary specialists in the Navy to cook for the commander in chief and the White House staff, according to a Navy news release. Forty-nine Navy culinary specialists work in the White House, helping provide between 250-325 meals a day to the president and members of his staff.

The department is especially looking for culinary specialists in the E-6 and E-5 pay grades, but E-4 sailors are encouraged to apply, according to Master Chief Petty Officer Glen Maes, the department’s deputy director and command master chief.

Ordinary culinary specialists need not apply. The department is looking for the cream of the crop.

Applicants must pass an intensive security background check, which can take between nine and 18 months on average.

Interested sailors must have a letter of recommendation from their commanding officer and be able to obtain top-secret security clearance. Applicants also must provide copies of their last five personnel evaluations.

For more information on how to join the White House Presidential Food Service Department, call (202) 757-1285 or send an e-mail to

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