Biography: Author and Chef John R. Hanny
John R. Hanny has distinguished himself as a chef, restaurateur, historian, writer, author, father, campaign manager, political operative and dabbler of all things French – especially wine and food. He received his Masters in the culinary arts under the famed French Chef Jean Citheral, and has received the designation of Chevalier (the French equivalent of knight), for his vast contributions to that nation’s wine industry.
At the age of only 23, he served as food and wine consultant to the White House, helping to plan and to prepare state dinners and advised the Kennedy and Johnson kitchens on a variety of culinary matters. He went on to build an extraordinarily successful career as a restaurant owner, catering executive, and food consultant.
Mr. Hanny’s political experience goes far beyond food – he was intimately involved famed New York Congressman Jack Kemp’s first political campaign in 1970 and James Buckley’s successful U.S. Senate campaign one year later.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Mr. Hanny and his family recently celebrated a remarkable culinary legacy by marking 197 years in the restaurant business.
In addition to Secrets from the White House Kitchens, Mr. Hanny is the author of Asleep at the Wheel, a terrorist thriller with sales of more than 400,000 copies in the United States and Europe.
Mr. Hanny now lives and works in Keswick, Virginia.