Roland Mesnier, pastry chef for five presidents, dies at 78


              FILE - First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks with White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier and his assistant Franette McCulloch as she shows off their gingerbread house creation during a press viewing of holiday decorations in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1997. The house is made of 80 pounds of gingerbread and decorated with icing, marzipan, and chocolate. Mesnier, a White House executive chef and who served five presidential administrations for roughly 25 years, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
            
              FILE - White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier shows off the 45 pound Easter egg and replica of Barney, the president's dog March 29, 2002, as he prepares for the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House. Mesnier, a White House executive chef and who served five presidential administrations for roughly 25 years, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
            
              FILE - First lady Laura Bush listens to White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier, right, explain the components of the gingerbread White House in the State Dining Room, during a preview of the White House holiday decorations Dec. 4, 2003, in Washington. Mesnier, a White House executive chef and who served five presidential administrations for roughly 25 years, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
            
              FILE - White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier, right, displays a mango coconut lei, the dessert for the dinner hosted by President George W. Bush for Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, in the State Dining Room in the White House in Washington, May 19, 2003. Mesnier, a White House executive chef and who served five presidential administrations for roughly 25 years, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)