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White House Appoints Its First-Ever Female Executive Pastry Chef

Both executive chef positions in the White House kitchen are now held by women.

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The White House kitchen now has two women in charge.
The White House kitchen now has two women in charge.
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The White House just appointed its first-ever female pastry chef. Obama Foodorama broke the news this morning that Susie Morrison has become the seventh person and first woman to hold the title of executive pastry chef. Morrison will work alongside Cristeta Comerford, the White House's first female executive chef, who's been there since 2005 when she was appointed by then-First Lady Laura Bush.

According to an official Obama administration announcement quoted by USA Today, Morrison — who has held the title of assistant White House pastry chef since 2002 — will "oversee creating and executing the dessert menus for all social events at the White House, including receptions, luncheons, and state dinners." She'll also tend to the White House bee hive and garden and soon begin working on the very elaborate annual gingerbread version of the White House (which has in recent years included an edible version of the Obamas' dog, Bo).

Morrison replaces Bill Yosses, who departed the White House kitchen earlier this year to pursue teaching food literacy to both kids and adults.

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