After 7 years, White House pastry chef leaves his post
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 02: White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses talks about the annual gingerbread house in the State Dining Room during the media preview of the White House holiday decorations December 2, 2009 at the White House in Washington, DC. The theme for the 2009 White House holiday decorations is 'Reflect Rejoice Renew.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
White House pastry chef Bill Yosses speaks about the 2010 White Chocolate Gingerbread House featuring marzipan replicas of the Obama family dog, Bo, and the White House Kitchen Garden in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. The theme for the White House Christmas 2010 is "Simple Gifts". (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
The State Dining Room displays the White House's annual gingerbread house, designed and constructed by White House pastry chef Bill Yosses and his team. This year's additions to the miniature White House include depictions of the Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn and a shadow box that lets viewers glimpse a gingerbread version of the State Dining Room.
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 20: White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford (R) and pastry chef Bill Yosses (L) listen during a Kids' "State Dinner" luncheon at the East Room of the White House August 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. Fifty-four kids representing all U.S. states, three territories and the District of Columbia, ages 8-12 and winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge to create a healthy, affordable and tasty lunchtime recipe with nutritional guidelines set by the Agriculture Department, were invited to participate in the event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 22: White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses shows off the desserts offered at this evenings Governors' dinner to First Lady Michelle Obama (L) and culinary students from L'Academie de Cuisine during the Governors' dinner preview in the White House kitchen on February 22, 2009 in Washington, DC. The Obamas' first formal White House dinner tonight will be an event for the National Governors Association. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses (R) an assistant and other guests, hold onto their hats as they watch US President George W. Bush's helicopter depart from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 8, 2008. Bush is traveling to his ranch in Crawford, Texas, for the wedding Saturday of his daughter, Jenna Bush, who is to marry Henry Hager. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
White House pastry chef Bill Yosses talks with students in the White House vegetable garden in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009. Yosses helped Mrs. Obama and a group of school children harvest vegetables from the first lady's kitchen garden. And earlier earlier, he'd baked oatmeal-raisin cookies for the youngsters, the snacks sweetened with maple syrup to avoid refined sugar. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
First lady Michelle Obama shows off a gingerbread cookie she decorated with children from military families, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. At right is White House pastry chef Bill Yosses. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
In this photo provided by Dunkin' Donuts, Celebrity chef and prominent ice sculptor, Bill Yosses sculpts a Dunkin' Donuts Valentine's Day ice heart to benefit the Salvation Army's Red Shield Family Residence in Philadelphia, Saturday Feb. 11, 2006 in Philadelphia, Pa. It was the largest ice heart created in Pennsylvania history. (AP Photo/Shiho Fukada, Dunkin' Donuts, HO)
First lady Laura Bush, right, introduces White House chefs as she hosts a media preview of the 2006 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006. From left are Roland Mesnier, Bill Yosses, Cris Comerford, and Mrs. Bush. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
US First Lady Laura Bush (L) stands with Bill Yosses, White House Executive Pastry Chef, next to a gingerbread house of the White House in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, DC, 29 November 2007. More than 60,000 visitors will tour the White House to view the holiday decorations in the theme of 'Holiday in the National Parks.' AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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It's the kind of exit you might call 'bittersweet.' The White House's top pastry chef has announced he's leaving his post.
After seven years on the job in Washington D.C. 60-year-old Bill Yosses says he's hanging up his apron and moving up the coast to New York.
According to the New York Daily News, there he will join his husband, whom he married in 2011, while dedicating "his efforts to promoting healthy eating with a 'group and foundation of like-minded creative people.'"
The commander-in-chef, if you will, was first hired by then-First Lady Laura Bush in 2007, but stayed on under the Obama Presidency.
In a statement First Lady Michelle Obama called his departure "incredibly sad," adding she was "grateful to him for his outstanding work, not just as the White House pastry chef, producing the most delectable creations ... but also as a key partner helping us get the White House kitchen garden off the ground."
And despite her push toward more healthy foods, it seems those warm feelings were mutual. Quoted by The New York Times, he said of the first lady, "definitely an inspiring boss, a combination of spontaneity and seriousness." He also noted that though he had turned to healthier fare during his time with the Obamas, he doesn't 'want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs.'
Yosses was reportedly dubbed "The Crustmaster" by President Obama for his pies. No replacement has yet been named.