Prez's "Crustmaker" Departs, Chocolate is the Best Health Food Ever and a Smell-Conjuring App

The "Crustmaster" Moves On: Bill Yosses, who has been whipping up pies (President Obama's preferred dessert) and other confections at the White House as its executive pastry chef since his appointment by Laura Bush in 2007, is packing up his whisk and leaving his post for new, as yet unspecified, ventures. Bill, whom President Obama affectionately called "the Crustmaster," is credited with bringing a healthier approach to White House desserts and integrating more seasonal ingredients, including those grown in the South Lawn Kitchen Garden he helped the First Lady create. He has also worked closely with Michelle Obama on her Let's Move! campaign. She said she was "incredibly sad" to see him go. Bill called the decision to leave for personal reasons "bittersweet." [ Obama Foodorama]

Chocolate — Best Health Food Ever: If you ever wonder who or what to thank for all that is good about chocolate — in addition to the unparalleled joy of eating it — look down at your belly. The bacteria in your gut, NPR reports, are responsible for breaking down the antioxidants in dark chocolate and converting it into the compounds that help our hearts, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation and help regulate appetite. The findings, presented this week to the American Chemical Society by Louisiana State University, hold for cocoa powder. Alas, John Finley, the food scientist behind the study, says the results "don't translate to a Hershey bar." He notes, however, that "cocoa powder goes well with many foods. I put it on my oatmeal every morning with berries." [ NPR's The Salt]

App-solutely Bizarre: There's been a lot of talk about restaurant apps lately, with everything from virtual tip jars to fast food mobile payment in the news. The most startling of all, however, may be recent reports that Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz, of the internationally renowned Spanish restaurant Mugaritz, is working with makers of an aroma-emitting smartphone device called Scentee and London academics to develop an app that will let diners smell the items on the restaurant's menu before ordering them and allow others to experience them virtually. Wild. [ Fine Dining Lovers via PSFK]

Screen to Kitchen, Deliciously: Wes Anderson has created a short companion piece to his film The Grand Budapest Hotel showing viewers how to make at home the Mendl's Courtesan au Chocolat enthusiastically enjoyed onscreen by Ralph Fiennes' character, M. Gustave. You can watch the eye-catchingly colorful confection being prepared and get step-by-step instructions here. Get ready to drool and also to wonder, Why don't more directors share the recipes of foods spotlighted in their films? [ The Awesomer]

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