Clinton Family Friend Passes Away

( iOTWreport reports that Chelsea Clinton, having learned how to make a “terrific pie crust” from the longstanding White House pastry chef, is mourning his passing.

The Associated Press reports that Roland Mesnier died last week at age 78.
From 1979 through 2004, the culinary expert worked as the White House’s executive pastry chef, cooking for five presidents.

The 42-year-old daughter of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who lived at the White House as an adolescent, expressed her “deep sadness” over Mesnier’s passing in a tweet on Monday.

In a 2019 interview with ITK, the French-born chef reminisced on his lengthy tenure at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

According to the rules, there shouldn’t be any politics in the kitchen. When questioned if his position was political, he responded, ” sometimes it goes that way.”

Keep your distance from politics. Avoid making any remarks, Mesnier advised.

He said, no matter whether a Republican or a Democrat is in office as president, all you need to do is focus on your work. You shouldn’t be affected in the least.

After impressing first lady Rosalynn Carter with his assurance that he would prioritize lighter dessert cuisine like fruit, Mesnier, whose career began with a $1 (87p) per month pastry apprenticeship at the age of 14, was offered the White House post in 1979. He had a talent for replacing high-calorie ingredients in delicious confections, and when he was feeling opulent, he was an expert at making the blown and pulled sugar sculptures graced his desserts.

He displayed a whimsical side, making enormous gingerbread houses during Christmas, which is now a White House custom.

A self-assured and methodical patissier with the motto “Perfection is no accident,” he tasted every dessert that left his kitchen, meticulously examined finished plates to see what had been left untouched, and formed alliances with the White House butler to learn more about the president’s preferences and began preparing for Christmas in June.

He said that his job was to comfort a constantly watched family and learn abouts food preferences and pleasures. He once said, “If I could take away that pressure for five minutes, then I did my job.”

“My job at the White House was to make the first family happy.”