By Justin Sink - 03/21/14 11:04 AM EDT
White House pastry chef Bill Yosses denied that he was resigning his post because of a dispute with first lady Michelle Obama over his use of sugar, butter and cream.
“Oh, God, no,” Yosses told TMZ. “Not at all, no. We work together on improving — making desserts more delicious, and more healthy. We're partners on that project.
“You can make great pastries with butter and sugar — or without them,” he added.
In an interview with The New York Times, which first reported his departure, Yosses said he had retooled some of his recipes to substitute honey and agave for sugar, or incorporate whole grain and fresh fruit.
But he also said he did not want to “demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs” — a comment some conservative media outlets seized on to suggest a dispute over rich desserts had led to his exit.