William Yosses

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William Yosses
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President Bush leads a celebration of Pope Benedict XVI's birthday as Yosses (left) presents his cake.
White House Executive Pastry Chef
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 29, 2007
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Thaddeus DuBois
Personal details
Alma mater New York City College of Technology
Rutgers University
University of Toledo

William "Bill" Yosses is the coauthor of the book Desserts For Dummies and since January 2007 the White House Executive Pastry Chef. Yosses is the successor to Thaddeus DuBois who left the same position in 2006. He served as a White House Holiday Pastry Chef for the 2006 holiday season. His most recent project has been to assist in the opening of Paul Newman's Dressing Room in Westport, Connecticut-a restaurant utilizing locally grown, artisanal and organic food sources. Other Executive Pastry Chef experience includes Josephs Citarella in New York City; planning, designing and opening the pastry department of Bouley Restaurant and Bakery and operating the pastry department of the Tavern on the Green Restaurant in New York City. Mr. Yosses was also Pastry Chef at Montrachet Restaurant in New York City.

Yosses served apprenticeships in France, and also worked under Chefs Daniel Boulud and then Sous Chef Thomas Keller at Polo Restaurant in New York City. He earned his A.A.S. degree at the New York City College of Technology in Hotel Management, a Master of Arts at Rutgers University in French Language and Literature and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toledo in French Language.

President Barack Obama says of Yosses, "Whatever pie you like, he will make it and it will be the best pie you have ever eaten."[1] Obama has also nicknamed Yosses "the Crust Master."[2]

In March 2014, Yosses announced that he will resign the White House position effective June 2014.[3] Yosses is leaving this position to work on a new project focusing on "food literacy" by teaching young children and adults about eating better. The New York Times lede used the hook that Michelle Obama is "partly to blame" for her requests to Yosses to make healthier food in smaller portions, but then went on to explain that this is because he found her to be an "an inspiring boss", and his new project expands on the First Lady's Healthy Foods Initiative. He began replacing butter with fruit puree and sugar with honey and agave but he stated "I don't want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs.” Yosses called the departure "a bittersweet decision.”[4] In response to claims that he was leaving because of the First Lady's demands, Yosses clearly stated, "Not at all, no. We work together on improving — making desserts more delicious and more healthy. We're partners on that project."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press. Obama's challenge: Tweens take over Camp David Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  2. ^ Sobieraj Westfall, Sandra. Michelle Obama: "We're Home" People.com. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  3. ^ Burros, Marian (March 18, 2014). "White House’s Top Pastry Chef to Leave Post". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Horsely, Scott (18 March 2014). "A Bittersweet Goodbye: White House Pastry Chef To Move On". NPR. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Sink, Justin (21 March 2014). "No butter war with first lady, says pastry chef". The Hill. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 

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