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The Wall Street Journal reports that Sam Kass, the White House senior policy advisor for nutrition policy and longtime personal chef for the Obama family, has submitted his resignation and plans to leave Washington early next year, when a replacement is named.

The story notes that Kass, a Chicago chef who joined the Obamas in Washington when he was elected to the Senate, has moved from cooking their meals to working closely with Michelle Obama on her "Let's Move" campaign, which encourages increased physical exercise and better eating habits for young people.

"From constructing our Kitchen Garden to brewing our own Honey Brown Ale, Sam has left an indelible mark on the White House,” President Obama said in a prepared statement. “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.”

Kass said he plans to move to New York, where his wife, MSNBC anchor Alex Wagner lives. The Journal writes that after taking some time off, Kass "will begin a to-be-determined position in the private sector promoting healthy eating and will deliver speeches."
KC's View:
Kass has been a powerful spokesman on the subject of nutrition awareness, though, to be fair, much of that power has come from proximity to the First Family. I do think, however, that he brings a lot of experience and persuasiveness to the cause, the cause is not going to go away, and I suspect he'll find the private sector to his liking.