French president's chef says adieu
Published 31/10/2013 | 17:41
France's presidential chef is retiring after four decades of culinary service, having fed five French presidents and peppered the steaks tartare of some of the world's most powerful leaders.
Sixty-year-old Bernard Vaussion was filled with emotion while cooking his last lunch for President Francois Hollande ON Thursday at the Elysee Palace - a farewell meal that included raspberry millefeuille. Mr Hollande has a well-known sweet tooth.
Mr Vaussion said that over the years the most important skills for the job - besides cooking - was the ability to adapt to the tastes of each leader.
Francois Mitterrand loved seafood, Jacques Chirac preferred snails and sauerkraut, and Nicolas Sarkozy caused a stink by rejecting French gastronomy for healthier foods.
Mr Vaussion's deputy, Guillaume Gomez, succeeds to the top job.
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