French-born pastry chef Roland Mesnier, who worked at the White House, passed away on August 26. He was 78.
Roland Mesnier passed away at an assisted-living home in the town of Burke in Northern Virginia. According to his son George Mesnier, the cause was cancer-related complications.
During his tenure of 25 years from 1979-2004, he served 5 Presidents in the White House.
Mr. Mesnier bragged about never having made a subpar dessert at the White House. He had faith in his abilities and his efforts.
In 2004, after leaving the White House during the George W. Bush administration, he co-wrote "All the President's Pastries," a cookbook and biography, with Christian Malard.
After his demise, Hillary Clinton tweeted a picture with him and wrote "I have such fond memories of Chef Mesnier...He will be missed."
Roland Mesnier was a self-assured and systematic pastry chef who lived by the motto "Perfection is no accident."