After 7 years, White House pastry chef leaves his post
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.