First lady Michelle Obama and White House chef Sam Kass (second from left) dig for sweet potatoes in the White House Kitchen Garden on Oct. 20, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

Sam Kass, the personal chef of President Barack Obama and also a senior adviser for nutrition policy at the White House, is leaving his post after a six-year stint, the Associated Press reports.

Kass, who recently married MSNBC host Alex Wagner, said he has decided to leave the White House to be with his wife in New York City, the report says.


Not only has Kass served as the first family’s personal chef, but he was also senior adviser for nutrition policy, a role that gave him a seat at the table when administration officials discussed matters including updated food labels and new requirements for healthier school lunches, AP says. He also helped Michelle Obama develop her White House vegetable garden. He will remain involved with the first lady’s Let’s Move campaign, at which he is executive director, along with broader efforts to improve childhood nutrition, the White House said.

“I love this family and believe in everything the president and first lady are doing, and this has been the greatest job of my life, and I assume will be the greatest job of my life,” the 34-year-old Chicago native told AP. “But I’m going to be with my wife. Once you’re married, you kind of need to be together.”

Read more at PBS Newshour.

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