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Morrison to be White House pastry chef and bee tender

The White House announced Friday that Susan “Susie” Morrison will serve as the next executive pastry chef — and that she will tend to the beehives next to First Lady Michelle Obama’s kitchen garden.

Susie Morrison
Morrison is the seventh person and first woman to serve as pastry chef. She succeeds William Yosses, who departed earlier this year to create the “Kitchen Garden Laboratory,” a wellness–through-cooking advocacy group.

As executive pastry chef, Morrison will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the pastry kitchen, including preparations for holiday parties and the annual White House gingerbread house.

Morrison began working at the White House in 1995 as a contract pastry employee while employed at The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Tysons Corner, Va. She was appointed assistant pastry chef in 2002.

“With an avid interest in assuring the health of the bee population and its honey production, Morrison will continue to tend the White House bee hive and support the White House Kitchen Garden,” the White House said in a news release.