“Clinton arrived in 1993 with not just his appetite but also some food allergies, including chocolate and flour. ‘But he loved dessert,’ says Mesnier. ‘It made it very difficult for a pastry chef.’ He recalls the episode of a strawberry cake he made one evening. Clinton devoured half of it all by himself, and the next morning he wanted more. ‘No one could find the cake,’ says Mesnier, who had a face-to-face with the distraught commander in chief. ‘Clinton was pounding on the table and shouting, “I want my goddamned cake.”‘

‘The chef, who is given to flights of humor, says that when the cake could not be found, ‘We decided [Vice President Al] Gore must have eaten it.'”