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Chef Tell: The Biography of America's Pioneer TV Showman Chef Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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"WOW! A wonderful account of one man's voyage... 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... a testament of the human spirit."--Tracy Repchuk, #1 Amazon.com Best Selling Author and Top Woman Speaker in the World Online Business Strategy.
—Shelley Jaffe, Executive Chef and Roving Foodie
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The author, Ronald Kule, is a great writer. He has other books I have read which are also great reads.
Chef Charles Knight
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.