White House chef Sam Kass, the executive director of first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign and the first White House senior policy adviser on nutrition, is resigning from his post at the end of December.
"From constructing our Kitchen Garden to brewing our own Honey Brown Ale, Sam has left an indelible mark on the White House," President Barack Obama said Monday in a press release announcing the resignation, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.
"And with the work he has done to inspire families and children across this country to lead healthier lives, Sam has made a real difference for our next generation," he added.
Kass followed the Obamas from Chicago, where he worked as the family's personal chef at their home in the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The White House chef said that his decision to resign was prompted by his recent marriage to MSNBC host Alex Wagner, who lives in New York City.
"I love this family and believe in the work that we're doing and the mission of the president and the first lady," Kass told the Journal.
"But after being recently married, I have to put our marriage first," he said.
First lady Michelle Obama praised his "extraordinary legacy of progress, including healthier food options in grocery store aisles, more nutritious school lunches, and new efforts that have improved how healthy food is marketed to our kids."
Kass' replacement will be announced in January, the press release said.
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