White House Pastry Chef Quits

White House Pastry Chef Quits

Has the White House pastry chef become a casualty of Michelle Obama’s campaign for healthy food?

That's what some are asking after the world-renowned chef who made those mouth-watering desserts for the first family and their guests announced he's quitting.

Pastry king Bill Yosses, who has been at the White House since he was hired by Laura Bush in 2007, says Michelle wanted healthier desserts, and served in smaller portions.

He substituted honey and agave for sugar, and fruit puree for butter. Michelle also banned cookie plates from the White House menu.

But he's now telling The New York Times, "I don't want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs."

He also had nothing but praise for Michelle, telling The New York Times that the first lady's instructions to cut back on the desserts were done "with humor and good will, without preaching, just the way you would hope the 'Mom in chief' would do."

One website, TheBlaze.com asked, "Was the White House pastry chef so angry with Michelle Obama’s healthy eating push he resigned?"

And a Chicago Sun-Times columnist says the pastry chef "has had enough of Michelle Obama’s efforts to focus on healthier food."

The pastry chef's decision to quit comes as Americans try to balance their love of desserts with their desire to eat healthy and lose weight. Nowhere is that battle being played out more than at the famous Magnolia Bakery in Manhattan.

Magnolia's Sara Gramling told INSIDE EDITION, "We now offer mini-cupcakes and mini-banana puddings for people who still want to indulge but maybe a little less."

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Michelle says, “Though I am incredibly sad to see Bill Yosses go, I am also so grateful to him for his outstanding work."

As Shakespeare said, “Parting is such sweet sorrow.”