• Chef Tell

  • The Biography of America's Pioneer TV Showman Chef
  • By: Ronald Joseph Kule
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Tell started all this television madness about chefs." - Regis Philbin. Before the heyday of the Food Network, there was Chef Tell - TV persona of Friedemann Paul Erhardt, America's first TV showman chef. Big on personality and flavor, Chef Tell was once called by Philadelphia magazine the "affably roguish Bad Boy of the Philadelphia restaurant world." Chef Tell explores how a young German American chef became America's biggest TV celebrity chef of his time. Most of Chef Tell's forty million baby boomer viewers - a number comparable to Julia Child's - never knew his fascinating, hardscrabble life story. Until now.

This winning biography puts us "behind the line" inside his kitchen and inside his, at times, turbulent personal life. Tell not only charmed, worked, entertained and taught audiences to cook on live television shows, but, a quick-witted perfectionist, he also demanded only the freshest ingredients for his life of food, fame, fortune, and women. Chef Tell's life - his colleagues would agree - was a managed, complicated and mercurial affair, which changed two industries and the taste buds of millions of home cooks. An absorbing account of an extraordinary man, Chef Tell brings us through his personal and professional highs and lows, and his glorious successes, explaining why so many loved or hated him then and miss him dearly now. The day Chef Tell passed on, messages of surprise and shock flooded the media. "Chef Tell has died? Stick a fork in him, he's done," one wrote. Chef Tell would have loved that. Listeners will soon know why and agree.

©2013 Ronald Joseph Kule. Foreword Copyright 2013 by Regis Philbin and Walter Staib (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Time for a dialog coach!

John McLain, you sorely needed a dialog coach on this narration. Your attempts to pronounce the German language properly made me wince, and ruined the story.

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Amazing, inspiring, and unrelenting.

this was an incredible story of one individual rising from a child born during WWII bombardments in Germany to pioneering of a whole new genre of TV chefs and gastronimic magic in America.

I am truly inspired by Tell's drive and feel his energy surging through me.

Thank you.