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November 1, 2010
Lodi chef carves White House pumpkins

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By Chris Macias
cmacias@sacbee.com

Is there such a thing as First Pumpkin? If so, you could call Ray Duey the commander-in-chief of pumpkin carving. The Lodi chef and vegetable sculptor created a haunted house that was built from carved pumpkins and displayed at the White House for Halloween. Duey and his carving team spent two days assembling the pumpkin haunted house, which included stems and seeds as part of the intricate decor.

While Duey wasn't handling pumpkin guts and wielding his carving knife, the team was taken on a private tour of the White House.

"This was quite an experience, one that I will not forget", said Duey, in a statement. "It was a privilege and honor to be there".

To see more of Duey's art, click here.

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