Former White House Pastry Chef Dead at 78

The man who satisfied the sweet tooth of five administrations has passed away.

Chef Roland Mesnier died on Friday.

He first started working during the Carter administration and would stay on to serve the next four administrations.

He was 78 years old.

The Chef

Anyone who has cooked professionally will tell you that cooking at this level is a calling.

That would be especially true for a pastry chef, a profession that hardly has the “freedom” to play around with recipes as other niches in this profession.

Being a pastry chef is equal parts science and creativity.

Mesnier started his career at the age of 14, so, yes, this truly was a calling.

In 1979, he started his career as the White House pastry chef at the whim of Rosalynn Carter, who was quite taken with Mesnier sweet treats.

His talents were then consumed by the likes of Ronald Reagan, who we all know had an insatiable sweet tooth, the Clintons, and both Bush administrations.

Francois Dionot, a culinary school founder, once described Mesnier as the “king of sugar work — spun sugar, poured sugar, rock sugar, pulled sugar.

“Very few people know how to do this anymore. He makes roses that look real.”

According to early reports, Mesnier lost a long battle with cancer, passing at an assisted living facility in Virginia.

Rest in peace, Chef… your creations were AMAZING.

Source: New York Post


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