White House pastry chef Bill Yosses leaving

White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses shows off the nearly 300-pound gingerbread house of the White House, on display in the State Dining Room of the White House in 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses shows off the nearly 300-pound gingerbread house of the White House, on display in the State Dining Room of the White House in 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

White House pastry chef Bill Yosses is hanging up his apron in June and heading to New York.

The man behind the sweet creations served up at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue began telling friends a few days ago that he’s leaving the White House kitchen, where he’s known for his crowd-pleasing desserts and his love of the first lady’s garden, to be with his husband in New York and continue to focus on “food literacy.”

Yosses, who was hired in 2007 by former First Lady Laura Bush, is planning to start “a group and foundation of like-minded creative people,” he told The New York Times.

A White House source tells our colleague Tim Carman that Yosses’s successor hasn’t been picked, and that it isn’t clear what direction the First Lady will take in hiring his replacement: a chef with a traditional French background like Yosses or one with an established bent toward lighter dishes, in keeping with Michelle Obama’s focus on healthy eating.

“He’s been a great partner,” the White House source says. Yosses’s pies, in particular, were a favorite of the First Family’s, earning him the nickname “the Crustmaster” from the president. “It’s all about the pies here,” the source says.

One friend lamented that he would be leaving the White House in June, just when the garden he helped tend would be in full bloom. “He will be hard to replace,” said the pal.

 

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Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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