February 1, 2023

Dawson County Journal

Dawson County, Nebraska

Roland Mesnier, Pastry Chef for 5 Presidents, Dies at 78

WASHINGTON—Roland Mesnier, who created often-magical desserts for five presidents and their guests as White House executive pastry chef, has died at age 78.
His death was confirmed Saturday by the White House Historical Association, which said he died Friday following a short illness.
One of the longest-serving White House chefs, Mesnier was hired in 1979 by First Lady Rosalynn Carter and retired during the George W. Bush administration.
First Lady Laura Bush listens to White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier (R) explain the components of the gingerbread White House in the State Dining Room, during a preview of the White House holiday decorations in Washington, on Dec. 4, 2003. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)
Answering questions in an online “Ask the White House” forum in 2004, he explained that in preparing desserts not just for the first family but for parties, receptions and dinners, he was often called on to prepare thousands of pastries. He said he planned the number of pastries according to who would be in attendance….
Source: The Epoch Times