Chef Andre Rush is a retired decorated combat Veteran known worldwide as the White House chef with the 24-inch biceps and for his advocacy for military service, as well as suicide prevention, which is why he does 2,222 push-ups a day: to bring awareness to the ongoing epidemic of mental health and suicidal ideation. His new book is titled: Call me Chef, Dammit!: A Veteran’s Journey from the Rural South to the White House.
Some interesting insights from this episode:
- “I don’t care what I have done. It’s what I’m doing right now and what I’m going to continue to do.”
- “You don’t decide your destiny. Your destiny decides you.”
- “Cooking is like art. You eat with your eyes. And when you see art, it draws you to it.”
- He was very determined and found a way to feed off the negativity and use it as fuel.
- He uses cooking as a coping mechanism for his PTSD.
- At one point he gave away all his money to help bring Ethiopian refugees to the United States.
- “Excellence is doing everything you need to do at your very best.”
Book: Call Me Chef, Dammit!: A Veteran’s Journey from the Rural South to the White House
Meal Delivery Service: CHOW
Website: Chef Rush