The longest serving chef in the White House Roland Mesnier dies
WASHINGTON: Roland Mesnier, executive pastry chef at the White House, has died at the age of 78.
His death was confirmed Saturday by the White House Historical Society, which said he died on Friday, shortly after falling ill.
Mesnier, one of the White House’s longest-serving chefs, started in 1979 and retired during the George W. Bush administration.
The deceased was known for his expertise in preparing a variety of delicious desserts.
“During the 25 years I’ve been here, I’ve noticed that Democrats usually eat more than Republicans. I’ve also noticed that if the guests are mostly women, they’ll usually eat more pastries than men,” he said in an interview a few years ago.
Mesnier grew up in Bonnay, a village in eastern France and began his career as an apprentice at the age of 14.
He began training at the Patisserie Maurivard in Besançon, France, and has worked in Paris, Hamburg and London.
In 1967, he became a pastry chef at a hotel in Bermuda and met his wife, a school teacher from West Virginia, USA.
He moved to the US and worked at a resort before starting work at the White House.
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