Gay White House Pastry Chef Resigns

3.19.2014

By Out.com Editors

The maker of all the sweet treats at Pennsylvania Avenue is leaving DC for NYC

If you've ever eaten a Hawaiian chocolate-malted ganache at a state dinner at the White House, then you've sampled the wares of Bill Yosses, pastry chef to the President. (The president of France did — ask him how it was.)

The chef, famous for his soufflés at tony New York restaurants, was hired by then-First Lady Laura Bush in 2007. When the Obama's arrived, however, they wanted to scale back on the sugar and butter. "He was directed to make more healthful desserts, and in smaller portions, that were to be served only sparingly to the first family," says The New York Times. He was totally on board with that, apparently, and took inspiration from first lady Michelle Obama's garden.

He said her healthy eating habits have prompted him to give up his breakfast of donuts — most of the time.

“She has done it with humor and good will, without preaching, just the way you would hope the ‘Mom in chief’ would do,” Mr. Yosses told the Times.

“It’s a bittersweet decision,” Mr. Yosses said of his move. So he's kinda funny too. He's leaving to be with his husband in New York, to work on food literacy, and to starting a foundation.

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