Chef Rick Bayless, posing inside Frontera Grill, was said to be one of the top choices for the Executive Chef position in the Obama White House.
Transition officials say Cristeta Comerford will stay on for the Obamas. Comerford is the first woman and first minority to serve as White House executive chef.
Michelle Obama said she and Comerford agree on "the importance of healthy eating and healthy families."
Comerford is a naturalized U.S. citizen from the Philippines who studied French cooking in Vienna, Austria, and specializes in ethnic and American cuisine.