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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

Lessons of a Lifetime: Recipes for Champions

29 Jun

There once was a hungry German boy who wanted to one day be one of the best chefs in the world. He studied hard, underwent a difficult apprenticeship (“In Germany they let you make mistakes once, and then they kick you where it hurts.”). He then worked in different kitchens where he ducked food, thrown plates and, at times, knives, until he got better, earned the respect of his mentors and a Gold Medal for his team in the German Cooking Olympics, the same year Germany named him “Chef of the Year.”

Eventually, he made it to America, even became a prestigious Executive Chef at one of the best hotels of his time in Philadelphia, The Barclay. However, after clashes with a wasteful manager, he moved on to another corporation, which deliberately delayed his German work-visa papers — they were paying him less than he was worth, until he found out.

Because of his earlier preparations and constant study and practice of his craft, when Lady Luck or Serendipity came calling, he was ready. He was given the opportunity to perform a small cooking segment for a local TV show.

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

The switchboard lit up: half the people complained they could not understand his accent; the other half said they loved him.Within months almost 40 million people across America watched him cook and teach them how to cook delicious foods. No chef to that time had ever done that on syndicated television, which was new.

Privately, people continued to love or hate him, but he ignored the haters. Instead, he studied his craft, practiced his skills (He could prep an entire carcass in under twenty minutes… he was the “fastest chef with knives in the West,” which he demonstrated on LIVE! with Regis & Kathie Lee, but you didn’t want to stand too close as the stainless steel blades flashed!) and took on more responsibilities: eventually running five restaurants, teaching regular, local cooking classes in person, taping more TV show segments, performing live in convention halls, Womens Shows venues and on numerous television shows as a guest chef.

Through it all, this chef woke up each day at 5:00 A.M. and did daily food-prep work until 11:00 A.M., so when his team cooked lunches and dinners, they were always prepared, always ready, always ahead of their game.

The moral of this story? Constant living within his dream, constant daily preparation, constant learning of new things about his game, constant practice… leads to fame, fortune, prestigious awards and lasting recognition. As America’s pioneer TV showman chef, one of the best chefs in the world, the lessons of “Chef Tell” Erhardt’s lifetime are the lessons of would-be national champions in any field.

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

Master Chef Reveals a Big Mistake!

13 May

Back when Friedemann Paul Erhardt was a lowly apprentice in the German trade apprenticeship program, he was merely 13 1/2 years of age and naive. The morning that his instructor told him to “boil a pot of potatoes,” he turned up the heat on a pot full of potatoes, and within minutes the kitchen filled with smoke!  The executive chef in charge got into the hapless boy’s face in a hurry, yelling even as his boot hit the lad’s behind — “hitting me where it hurts,” as Erhardt later put it.

No one had told him to put water in the pot with the potatoes!

Erhardt survived his apprenticeship failures, however, and graduated as the youngest Master Chef in German history to his time in 1970. He went on to captain the West German team to a gold Medal win in that year’s Cooking Olympics and also won a personal Gold Medal in another competition that year. He was named “German Chef of the Year.”

But the “rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey might have described it, is that Friedemann Paul Erhardt emigrated to America two years later and became Chef Tell, America’s pioneer television showman chef.  His 40 million-strong, Baby Boomer, TV fan base reveled in his recipes, cooking instructions and demonstrations and the jovial personality that, at times, made for non-stop jokes and entertaining TV.

Order your copies now — for yourself and as a great gift — in pre-release online and at retailers everywhere. Release date is set for October 1, 2013… in time for the Holidays.

What People Are Saying About Chef Tell’s Biography

29 Apr

Chef Tell Biography Reviews:
“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;  a testament of the human spirit.”– Tracy Repchuk, Best Selling Author, International Speaker

“I am honored to be a part of the book!”— Jan Yanehiro, First Co-Host, Evening Magazine, San Francisco.

“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
“Chef Tell was a man of great humor and incredible skills in the kitchen.  The author Ronald Joseph Kule did an impeccable job bringing to life Chef’s humor and passion for food.” — Iron Chef Cat Cora
“Chef Tell can be felt in the pulse that beats from within the pages. This work is going to stir more than just a few kitchen pots. I stood back in amazement as the author took a complex, infuriating, yet ultimately appealing character, and produced one superbly crafted work of literature.” — J. David Miller, Award-winning Author/Sports Journalist

Skyhorse Publishing has set the release date for 1 October, 2013 and the book is available now in pre-release online and at usual retailer outlets.

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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