"CHEF TELL" Biography HardCover First Edition Author-signed
"Chef Tell started all this madness on television about chefs." - Regis Philbin.
Chef Tell (Friedemann Paul Erhardt) was America's first syndicated TV "Rock-Star" chef. His fan base - 40,000,000 million Baby Boomers - was 8X larger than Julia Child.
Bombs raining on Stuttgart and empty years of near-starvation do not kill him; family cannot deter him; ducking the crush of kitchen mentors never dissuades him, and his mother’s suicide has not dashed his creative outlook... when Friedemann Paul Erhardt (a.k.a., “CHEF TELL”) steps up to his mark, faces the camera and uses wit, personality, and imagination alone to win the contest that births a new breed of television star, the TV showman chef.
SYNOPSIS: Within weeks, he appears on-air in 30 cities. 40,000,000 avid fans in 114 cities tune in to Evening Magazine or PM Magazine to watch him perform 90-second cooking segments three times a week. Personal appearances on the Mike Douglas Show; the Dinah Shore Show; the Merv Griffin Show, and the Jon Davidson Show follow. Live cooking demonstrations in shopping malls and convention centers add fuel to his German-American prairie fire that sweeps the nation.
No one had ever seen anyone like him: Chef Tell cooks fast, entertains, teaches, and makes America feel confident enough to try cooking his way.
Fan mail blossoms into 14,000 pieces of mail weekly. Excited crowds cheer him at airports and laugh at his quips. In Capitol Center in Baltimore, Maryland, he draws 20,000 people to five cooking shows on one weekend.
PM Magazine gushes over their new “rock-star chef.” In 95 percent of their syndicated outlets, he draws up to 50 percent market share. Detroit’s Kelly & Company conducts a “Chef Tell Look-Alike” contest, and other cities and towns follow suit.
Tell’s ruggedly masculine appeal crosses television viewers' gender and generational lines. 20 and 30-year-old home cooks swoon over his engaging style and simple recipes.
“If a housewife, or man, sees me do something in 90 seconds, they figure they can make it in five minutes,” Tell says.
Yet, for all the glamour of the Chef Tell persona, Erhardt suffers an inner lack of peace and understanding, giving young and older readers food for thought...!!!
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