Nov 01, 2013
By Jane Brown
France’s presidential chef is retiring after four decades of culinary service, having fed five French presidents and 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 yesterday at the Elysee Palace. Vaussion says over the years the most important skills for the job — besides cooking — was the ability to adapt to the tastes of each leader. Vaussion says Jacques Chirac liked calf’s head and Nicolas Sarkozy abstained from cheese while the current French President Francois Hollande is an unfussy eater partial to most things.