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Chef to French presidents hangs up his apron

Published on Oct 31, 2013 9:15 PM
 
French Elysee presidential palace chef, Bernard Vaussion, speaks on the phone during his last day before retiring, on Oct 31, 2013, at the Elysee palace in Paris. Mr Bernard Vaussion has built up a comprehensive picture of the culinary tastes of six presidents during his 40 years in the Elysee Palace kitchen. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Jacques Chirac liked calf's head and Nicolas Sarkozy abstained from cheese, while the present French President Francois Hollande is an unfussy eater partial to most things.

Bernard Vaussion has built up a comprehensive picture of the culinary tastes of six presidents during his 40 years in the Elysee Palace kitchen.

But ever discreet, the Elysee head chef who retires later on Thursday says their specific preferences are best not discussed in too much detail.

"One avoids disclosing the dishes that are particularly appreciated.

 
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