How To Overcome Barriers Toward Known Goals
(A Life Story of the Pursuit of Happiness)
Friedemann Paul Erhardt, when asked by Art Moore*, “What will be your TV persona?” before he went on television for the first time, replied, “Just call me ‘Chef Tell,’ and in that moment he created the pioneer TV showman chef, a role to be played out by a long line of chefs joining a cavalcade of American TV personalities that is the most popular genre on the medium in 2015.
In doing so, Chef Tell evoked memories from his early childhood. Erhardt had grown up in post-war Germany. He survived days and nights without food, or with meager supplies. He discovered he liked to help his mother in the kitchen at the early age of six. A few years later, she told him, “If you become a chef, you will never go hungry.” At the tender age of 13, he dedicated his lifetime to the profession, hoping to do justice to his mother’s foresight.
A Master Chef at 27
Erhardt was also Germany’s youngest Master-Chef graduate by 1970, the year he won the Culinary Olympics Gold Medal by leading a team of chefs to the Gold Medal. Two years later, he arrived in America, and the rest, as they say, is history, because Chef Tell became America’s pioneer TV showman chef, a moniker formally bestowed upon him by Philadelphia Inquirer Food Writer Elaine Tait, who also reminded her readers that “Chef Tell’s food always tastes good.”
Tait’s loyal disciples flocked to his Philadelphia-area restaurants whenever he opened one in between his TV-show tapings and media tours and appearances across our land. Chef Tell, you see, packed as many as 20,000 into public venues in a weekend. They came to watch him demonstrate how to prepare fresh foods and cook them simply and quickly, as he quipped his way into their hearts and made them laugh and buy his wares.
About that TV persona name? In childhood school days in Germany, Erhardt had performed the lead role in the play William Tell, and he had done such an admirable turn that his classmates started to call him ‘Tell.”
An Invitation to a Great Read
Although Friedemann Paul Erhardt’s celebrity lifetime was a complicated and tumultuous journey, it makes for an excellent, five-star read for bookies and foodies. You see, he did accomplish at least two of his most cherished goals with panache.
Tell’s friends miss his cooking and continue to miss him, but now his biography followers wish they, too, could have been there when this culinary icon’s star-comet splashed across the media.
“Tell never forgot that he was the guest … never took over his segments from the host, and that added to his genuineness. While too many people work too hard to ‘be in,’ Tell naturally was ‘on.’
This book gives you so much: a taste of Tell, the person, and his taste for delicious food.”
—Art Moore, Executive in Charge of Production for LIVE! with Kelly & Michael
American culinary icon Chef Tell, aka Friedemann Paul Erhardt, IS America’s Pioneer TV Showman Chef!
(*AUTHOR’S NOTE: Art Moore “discovered” Chef Tell.)
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