White House pastry chef named keynote speaker at F2Ti
By Bakers Journal
By Bakers Journal
July 10, 2013, New Orleans – White House pastry chef William Yosses was
announced as a keynote speaker at the first annual Farm to Table
International Symposium (F2Ti).
The event, produced by MCCNO in partnership with the SoFAB Institute, will take place on which will take place Aug 2–4 at the New
Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO), and will explore the farm-to-table movement, as well as the cultivation,
distribution, and consumption of food and drink sourced locally to
William Yosses has held the title of the White House pastry chef since
January 2007. Other executive pastry chef experience includes The
Dressing Room in Westport, Conn., Tavern on the Green in New York City,
and Bouley Bakery and Bouley Restaurant.
He has been closely involved with Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move”
initiative, which aims to reduce childhood health problems related to
diet. He also conducts bi-weekly tours of the White House vegetable
garden for school groups.
In a related project, he has given lectures on science and cooking in
the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. He
was also was instrumental in building a program in the Physics
Department of Harvard University in conjunction with Chop Chop Magazine
called “Camp Chop Chop,” in which healthy foods and exercises are used
to introduce scientific concepts to 4th and 5th graders.
Yosses spent his early career in France in highly recognized landmarks
as Fauchon, La Maison du Chocolat, and LeNôtre. In New York, he helped
develop “The Dinner Party Project” as a part of Spoons Across America’s
programming in which chefs teach kids about healthy food choices and how
to prepare a dinner party for their parents.
Yosses has an A.A.S. degree in Hotel Management from New York City
College of Technology, a Master of Arts in French Language from Rutgers
University, and a Bachelor of Arts in French language from the
University of Toledo.
He has published two books, Desserts for Dummies 1997, and The Perfect Finish, Special Desserts for Every Occasion, 2010.
He is the recipient of the James Beard Who’s Who Award and Food Arts Magazine Silver Spoon Award.
Previously announced F2Ti speakers include Los Angeles Unified School
District Director of Food Services chef David Binkle, former Texas
Agriculture Commissioner and longtime champion of the farm to table
movement, Jim Hightower, and author William Rubel.