Ronald mesnier, Ex White house pastry chef passes away at 78

by Kaleem Ullah Fasihi

White House executive pastry chef Roland Mesnier, who frequently prepared wonderful pastries for five presidents and their visitors, passed away at the age of 78.

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The White House Historical Association, verified his passing on after a brief illness on Friday.

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Rosalynn Carter, the first lady at the time, hired Mesnier, one of the chefs who worked at the White House for the longest times period.

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Mr. Mesnier retired during the George W. Bush administration.

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Mesnier was raised in the village of Bonnay in eastern France. At the age of 14, he started working as an apprentice.

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According to the White House records, He reportedly left home with a cardboard suitcase and five francs to start his apprenticeship at the Patisserie Maurivard in Besancon, France.

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Mesnier was working at the Virginia vacation spot The Homestead when he learned that the White House was looking for a new pastry chef.

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- Mesnier replied when questioned about working at the White House in 2004.

"You don't think about free time, spare time, etc., as you are now at the White House. You must be available whenever you are needed."

"You are going to be at the White House if you are needed," he stated. "It might be Christmas day, Easter, your birthday, your mother's birthday, your child's birthday."

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"The White House comes first, always", He added. Ronlad Mesnier is survived by his only son George Misneir.

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