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Chef Biography Baby Boomer Food for Thought

27 Jan

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Friedemann Paul Erhardt survived a harrowing childhood in post-war Germany, and his mother’s suicide, to endure a Hell’s Kitchen apprenticeship and become Germany’s youngest Master Chef in history in 1970. Two years later, he came to America, and landed the Executive Chef position at the famed Barclay Hotel in Philadelphia.

Winning an open audition for a syndicated TV segment in 1976, he went on to become America’s first “rock-star” TV chef with an active fan base of 40,000,000 Baby Boomers — more than Julia Child. As TV host Regis Philbin put it, “Chef Tell started all this television madness about chefs.”

The Rest of the Story…

The complete and richly detailed, timeless life story of this amazing personality — an American culinary icon, CHEF TELL The Biography of America’s Pioneer TV Showman Chef, written by Ronald Joseph Kule with forewords by Emmy-winner TV hosts Regis Philbin and Chef Walter Staib, resonates with readers everywhere: posted reviews to date are all five star, including those from several celebrities across different industries.

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Baby Boomers and Others Are Raving About this Book:

  • “Chef Tell made cooking on TV the new frontier. He did it with humor, a thick German accent and was rather bossy. ‘Let me show you how to cook this,’ he would say. He showed, we learned, we laughed. I am honored to be a part of the book!”—Jan Yanehiro, First Co-Host, Evening Magazine, San Francisco.
  • “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, New York City.
  • “Chef Tell was a man of great humor and incredible skills in the kitchen. He brought wonderful food to the table as well as love and laughter. The author did an impeccable job bringing to life Chef’s humor and passion for food.”—Iron Chef Cat Cora, Santa Barbara, California.
  • “The author’s excellence can be felt in the pulse that beats from within the pages of this book. His work about the late Chef Tell is going to stir more than just a few kitchen pots. I stood back in amazement as Kule took a complex, infuriating, yet ultimately appealing character, and produced one superbly crafted work of literature.” — J. David Miller, Award-winning Author/Sports Journalist/head coach, AAA Semi-pro champion SoCal Coyotes, Rancho Mirage, California.
  • “WOW is a great start! This is a wonderful account of one man’s voyage and how in so many ways every reader will connect with something. It is engaging, and takes you through all the emotions of life, leaving you to decide what is next for you, and how you will make the most of your today – it’s a testament of the human spirit.”—Tracy Repchuk, #1 Amazon.com Best Selling Author and Top Woman Speaker in the World Online Business Strategy, Los Angeles, California.
  • “The story written is fantastic! I knew Chef Tell as a talented Master Chef and worked as his pastry chef for more than 10 years. This book puts his story together very well.” – Suladda May, Restaurateur, Thai Orchid, Grand Cayman Island.
  • “I so love the way the author uses his words to paint a picture. They make me wish I was there in Philly during that heyday, enjoying the camaraderie among chefs. Reading this book really fuels that fire in me. Chef Tell lived an amazing life and truly paved the way for many chefs who followed on TV. A pioneer and true artist, his story is nothing short of inspirational. From living through the bombings of Germany at birth, to bringing about a revival of Philly through five-star restaurants, this is a book every chef and foodie will want to read.” — Shelley Jaffe, Executive Chef and Roving Foodie (www.rovingfoodies.com), New York and Florida.
  • “My dad, who is 99 and has the mind of a 25-year-old, reads one to two books a week. I bought him Chef Tell’s biography, and he could not put it down. He said, ‘It is outstanding,’ and ‘… Kule is a very gifted writer.’ Dad knew Chef Tell and was always invited to Tell’s fourth of July parties. Tell enjoyed talking with my Dad, who is of Austrian heritage, grew up in the coal region till he went to World War II, 1941 through 1945, and, later, posted in Korea.” — Sharon Dacey, Pennsylvania.
  • “Hey… just finished Tell’s book and I must say Kule really nailed his story. What a storied life Chef Tell lead. He really was a “giant” of a man in many ways. I must admit I had a tear in my eye at the end, and then a few chuckles reading the ‘Last Words.’ I loved the way the author tied it all together for the few people left after the funeral party, who witnessed the huge bonfire and the sparks shooting up to the heavens: that was Tell’s life, and the bonfire was very symbolic. I guess that’s why the Vikings honored their dead leaders/warriors the same way. Of course, the story is the story, warts and all, and I am glad I was a part of it. I feel very honored to have met Tell and got to share in his incredible life. I just wish he was still around, and we could have a few more laughs. Anyway, thanks to the author, Ronald Joseph Kule, for keeping his memory alive and for capturing his ‘story’ so well. I think Tell would have loved this book and been proud to be its ‘star.’ Thanks again for the memories… nice job!” — Tony Baarda, New Jersey.
  • “Hey, Kule… you owe me THREE NIGHTS! I couldn’t put your book down!” – John Fleming, opera singer, Florida.
  • “Halfway through the book now… Kule has really created something wonderful here that is very hard to put down. I love the short-chapters format. It is great to pick up right where you left it, whenever you can actually tear yourself away, that is. Chef Tell was a larger-than-life figure. I had no idea, because my generation missed him completely, but in my mind I am comparing him to any “rock star” or sports figure around today. Kule has successfully captured and portrayed the essence of how famous this guy was – what a rags-to-riches story.”     – J.H., NYPD, New York City.
  • “Fans of the Cooking Channel, as well as those who are making cooking their profession, may find this book the perfect companion to their morning coffee. It opens the door to a rarified world—-the high-end of cooking: the rites of passage that make a world-class chef and restaurateur. We watch ‘Chopped’ and all the other cooking shows on TV and hear the famous chefs make their pronouncements regarding the transformations of the contents of mystery baskets. But what we don’t hear is how these judges, and every other Cooking Channel chef, got there: the thousands of hours each one of them spent perfecting their arts, and the unique challenges they overcame in order to rise to their current positions. And until now, we haven’t heard the story of the person whose shoulders they are standing on: the original TV showman chef, Chef Tell. Chef Tell was a chef’s chef, beloved in the world of chefs because he was a big man with a generous heart who could, very simply, cook great food. More than that, he was a man of boundless energy, relentless pursuit of competence and correct discernment of opportunities as they presented themselves. He had the courage of a pioneer, the soul of a teacher and the charisma of a star, which is what he became. Kule’s book shows us a man who rose from nothing, driven by the simple statement of his mother during the dire poverty of wartime: ‘You will never go hungry, if you become a chef.’ The narrative is rich in detail gleaned from interviews with those who knew him personally, without bogging down into a dry recitation of facts. The relationships brought to life in the story give us a real sense of connection with the man himself. Chef Tell shows us that we advance not so much because of the people we know, but because of our ability to create those relationships — above and beyond presenting consistently delectable dishes in whatever profession we have chosen. For those who want to advance in the culinary world, and for those of us who want to appreciate better the labor of love our favorite chefs go through to delight our taste buds and nourish our bodies, this is a good read. FIVE STARS.” — Maggy Graham, Web Designer, Largo, Florida.
  • “‘CHEF TELL The Biography of America’s Pioneer TV Showman Chef’ reads like a real life novel. I was surprised by the excellent writing ability of the author. Not only is it a chronological account of the life of one of the world’s greatest chefs and the pioneer TV showman chef, whom I knew, it’s a series of word pictures that ties together the complexities of each aspect of Chef Tell’s life and career. Kule’s work is a ‘Must Read’ for all Foodies, especially those aspiring TV cooks or chefs. FIVE STARS. FASCINATING, HARD TO PUT DOWN.”  — Chef Charles Knight, Tampa, Florida.

Book Details:

Written by the chef’s brother-in-law, who is an internationally published author and poet, this 454-page, hard cover biography arrives with 70 photos, seven NEW RECIPES, and a DVD offer for home cooks to own Chef Tell on-air TV segments in their homes. Published by Skyhorse Publishing of New York City, this meticulously crafted, fascinating story satisfies adult readers on many levels. Also available online in Ebook and audiobook formats. Author-signed copies are available through the author’s web site, http://kulebooks.myshopify.com/

Chef Tell in Grand Cayman Islands

Chef Tell operated Chef Tell’s Grand Old House on Grand Cayman Island in the 1980’s.

American icons come and go, but their stories live on in the biographies written about them. In the case of Chef Tell, we had only his cookbooks to remind us of his prodigious skills to prep foods, entertain, makes us laugh and teach us how to cook in our kitchens… that is, until now.

Now, with the rest of his story on hand — the real, raw, riveting and ribald adventure that was the lifetime of Friedemann Paul Erhardt, a.k.a. CHEF TELL, we have other pieces of the puzzle to delight us!

About Author Ronald Joseph Kule:

http://www.authorsdb.com/authors-directory/1820-ronald-joseph-kule

Master Chef Book a Hit with Baby Boomers

19 Oct

CHEF TELL The Biography of America’s Pioneer TV Showman Chef, the latest book from author Ronald Joseph Kule, with forewords written by TV hosts Regis Philbin and Chef Walter Staib, is making waves at book-signing events, in bookstores and online.

On October 5th, a standing-room-only crowd gathered at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Clearwater, Florida and listened to the author read a passage from the book and then later had him sign their purchased copies.  On October 12th, another well-attended book signing occurred at Chef Fred Duerr’s Rising Sun Inn in Telford, Pennsylvania. (Chef Fred was Chef Tell’s long-time protege.) Former staff members, friends and followers reminisced with the author about the famed chef who was also a best-selling cookbook author.

“My dad, who is 99 and has the mind of a 25 year old, reads one to two books a week. I bought him Chef Tell’s biography, and he could not put it down. He said, ‘It is outstanding,’ and ‘… the author is a very gifted writer.’ My Dad knew Chef Tell and was always invited to Tell’s fourth of July parties. Tell enjoyed talking with my Dad, who is of Austrian heritage. He grew up in the coal region till he went to World War II, 1941 through 1945, and then, later, was posted in Korea.”

The biography, written by the subject’s brother-in-law, an internationally published author and poet, covers the ups and downs of the public and private lives of one of America’s most-watched television chefs — certainly the most popular of his time with a regular fan base of 40,000,000 Baby Boomers.  The timeless tale speaks to Tell’s overcoming of many obstacles along his trail-blazing, improbable path and journey to stardom.  More than that, this book offers NEW Chef Tell recipes that readers can cook up and enjoy.  There is even a DVD offer for Chef Tell show segments that until now remained unseen by the public and his fans.

Every book sold contributes to worldwide awareness of cooking basics and assistance in disaster areas, since the author has pledged a percentage of his royalties toward IRON CHEF CAT CORA’s 501 (3) (c) non-profit organization, Chefs for Humanity, which is committed to “promoting nutrition education, hunger relief, and emergency and humanitarian aid to reduce hunger worldwide.”

The hard-cover book is universally available and at 452 pages with 70 photos, new recipes and other insights, makes a wonderful Holiday gift for food lovers and home cooks. Also available are eBook and Audiobook editions. Published by Skyhorse Publishing (NYC).

The author is available for TV and radio appearances on request through his publisher’s publicist, Lauren Burnstein, and direct through KuleBooksLLC@gmail.com.

Master Chef, Chef Tell DVD OFFER!

26 Sep

CHEF TELL is on a lot of peoples’ minds these days. The biography of his life reads like a timeless tale of overcoming one obstacle after another on an improbable journey toward a stardom that was almost beyond his beliefs. Certainly he could not have known that his likeness and words — let alone his cooking tips, lightning speed with sharp kitchen knives, and rapier-like wit — would become household conversation pieces around the country back in 1976, when he stood on a park lawn and auditioned for an experimental, national TV segment, barehanded and script-less.

The master chef was our first “rock-star” chef. As many as 20,000 Baby Boomer would-be home cooks crowded into Baltimore’s convention center on one weekend just to watch their TV hero cook and entertain in five shows.

(An infomercial of the “lost” Chef Tell shows on DVD will be operable on October 1st — be sure to come back to this link then!)

Chef Tell will again be seen on-air, at least in the Philadelphia area, at first on October 1st… and, who knows, the magic that syndicated his name and image around the nation more than once may strike again. Chef Tell may appear on the air around the country, if all goes well.Chef Tell hi res cover

A lot of the buzz has to be the book.  Chef Tell’s brother-in-law, Ronald Joseph Kule, spent a couple of years of his life researching and writing the life-story of the American kitchen icon. He wanted to leave a legacy for one of his sisters, who married Tell and was his most intimate companion for more than 25 years.

The 452-page, hard-cover book includes 70 photos and NEW CHEF TELL RECIPES, besides the DVD offer in print. There is even a “posthumous gift” inside from the master chef himself: a seven-course dinner suggested and designed to please any palate.

You’ll probably laugh a little, cry a little and even sigh a little reading this meticulous book, but you will walk away more certain that your own dreams can come true with a little luck and a lot of persistence after you journey through Tell’s life and times… those heady days when a renaissance of the culinary arts that captured the nation’s eyes and ears through the magic of television began in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, home of one of its most ebullient personalities, Chef Tell.

© 2013 by KuleBooks LLC. All Rights Reserved.

43 Days to Another Baby Boomer Milestone

19 Aug

In 43 more days the biography of the late Chef Tell will be available for delivery for the first time.  In pre-release since March, pent-up demand for the much-anticipated book has brought keen interest from Baby Boomers who remember the master chef.  In fact, at the heyday of his TV career, Chef Tell was followed by 40,000,000 Baby Boomers regularly.

It’s easy to figure why he was so loved on camera: his irascible personality, quick-witted quips and spot-on cooking tips were served up faster than the blink of an eye… and they always tasted good!  Just ask TV hosts Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford, who tried more dishes made by Chef Tell than any other chef back in the days of their TV show, LIVE! with Regis & Kathie Lee.

Today Baby Boomers ought to spread the word: Chef Tell is back, not only with his life story — even the off-camera stuff, but also with NEW recipes and a DVD offer that includes never-before-aired shows with the Master Chef himself in redux.

The book is available through all the usual channels, including bookstores, online outlets and any place you can buy a book. This one is hard cover, about 264 pages and filled with photos of the man and the people who loved his food.

Makes a great gift idea for those who love biographies, recipes, and stories that make them cry and laugh out loud.

Chef Tell cover photo

Master Chef, Bad Boy

16 Jul

CHEF TELL The Biography of America’s Pioneer TV Showman Chef shows us not only the perfect personality for TV cooking appearances in front of 40,000,000 Baby Boomers, but also the quick-witted perfectionist who demanded only the freshest ingredients for food, fortune, fame and women. An absorbing account of an extraordinary man, CHEF TELL surprises and horrifies with its emotional and intellectual tugs-of-war, which reveal the personal and professional highs, lows and glorious successes of Philadelphia magazine’s “affably roguish Bad Boy of the Philadelphia restaurant world,” explaining why so many loved or hated Chef Tell then but today miss him dearly.

Now available in pre-release. Release set for October 1, 2013.

© 2013 by Ronald Joseph Kule and KuleBooks LLC. All Rights Reserved.

40,000,000 Baby Boomers made up Chef Tell's fervent fan base

40,000,000 Baby Boomers made up Chef Tell’s fervent fan base

Ketchup and Anchovies?

5 Jul

I’m feeling like fireworks and Heinz Ketchup* today, the 5th of July.

Of course, we celebrated our nation’s freedom yesterday, and there were fireworks on display across the nation. But today we are 57 days away from the release of the late CHEF TELL’s biography. He was America’s pioneer TV showman chef… America’s first “rock-star” TV chef.

Having written the book — forewords by TV hosts Regis Philbin and Chef Walter Staib — I can tell you it is a timeless tale of one man’s overcoming odds and obstacles toward his cherished goal, which makes it a fascinating life-lessons book for anyone, teens and older. Baby Boomers will really love it… 40 million of them were his fans in the 1970s and 80s!

Chef Tell loved to play with food, and he told his audiences the same thing, which Julia Child mimicked years later. Actually, at times, he recommended plain ketchup on salads with anchovies.

*Heinz Ketchup: “57 Varieties”… the story behind the slogan:

Heinz 57 varieties, one of America's best-known ad slogans

Heinz 57 varieties, one of America’s best-known ad slogans

“The number 57 has mystical significance to the Heinz company, but it has never had much to do with reality. The slogan was invented by the company’s founder, Henry J. Heinz, during a ride on the New York elevated in 1892. While he was reading the car cards on the ceiling, Heinz’s eye alighted on the slogan “21 styles of shoes.” To pedestrian minds such as our own this probably doesn’t sound like one of your killer advertising mottoes, but that’s why we’re not millionaire ketchup barons. Heinz could recognize genius when he saw it. Cogitating briefly, he conceived the immortal words “57 varieties,” and immediately hopped off the the train and set about plastering the nation with the now-famous pickle-plus-number logo.” (source: straightdope.com)

© 2013 by Ronald Joseph Kule and KuleBooks LLC. All Rights Reserved.

About Chef Tell’s biography

20 Nov

Before Wolfgang, Emeril, Paul, Jacques, Bobby, Mario, Rachel & Sara, there was …

CHEF TELL

This blog was started to remind Baby Boomer fans of the late Chef Tell, who in the 1970’s and 1980’s was the first true “rock-star” chef in America.  He was mobbed at airports and public venues wherever he appeared to perform his infamously entertaining cooking demonstrations.  From Women’s Shows to PM Magazine and Evening Magazine segments, The Dinah Shore Show, The John Davidson Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas Show and numerous appearances on LIVE! with Regis & Kathie Lee — even Robin Leach’s Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous  … Chef Tell was America’s most pioneering TV celebrity chef from coast-to-coast!

If you remember Chef Tell, you can post comments and anecdotes to share with other fans here.  This is the official blog for the forthcoming biography of Chef Tell, forewords by Emmy-winning TV hosts, Regis Philbin and Chef Walter Staib (PBS, A Taste of History).

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