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Chef Tell -- does anyone remember him?

From Chef Tell's biography, here's a recipe:
Appetizer
Stuffed Cucumbers
3 large cucumbers
1-8oz. package Cream Cheese, softened
3 Tablespoons minced Onions
½ tsp. Paprika powder
White Ground Pepper (to taste)
1 Cup finely chopped Dill
Lettuce leaves for garnish
Trim the ends of the cucumber and cut the cucumbers in 1½ inch lengths. Peel the skin off one half of each segment. Remove the seeds from the center of each section about 2/3 of the way down leaving the bottom intact. Turn upside down to drain.
Whip the cream cheese until it is fluffy. Add the onions, paprika and pepper. Form the mixture into enough balls to fill the cucumber shells. Roll the balls into the chopped dill and place in the cucumber shells.
Line small serving plates with lettuce and distribute the cucumbers.
Serve very cold.

While you're enjoying the appetizer, you could be reading "CHEF TELL The Biography of America's Pioneer TV Showman Chef," by Ronald Joseph Kule, forewords by TV hosts Regis Philbin and Chef Walter Staib. (Skyhorse Publishing, NYC) Available also as an eBook and Audiobook on Amazon.com.

Chef Tell -- does anyone remember him?

Announcing the imminent release on October 1, 2013, of "CHEF TELL The Biography of America's Pioneer TV Showman Chef" by Ronald Joseph Kule, forewords by TV hosts Regis Philbin and Chef Walter Staib (PBS' series, A Taste of History).
Now Baby Boomers will know the rest of the story about their irascible TV hero -- 40 million followed his TV appearances regularly. Life Lessons abound in the hard-cover book replete with photos, NEW recipes and a DVD offer for un-aired shows.

City Tavern's Chef Walter Staib, Regis Philbin & Chef Tell?

This section is called "FOOD MEDIA AND NEWS."

Just saw on the news....

There is an anecdote about the chef's drinking and driving in CHEF TELL, THE BIOGRAPHY OF AMERICA'S PIONEER TV SHOWMAN CHEF is the title of Skyhorse Publishing's (NYC) forthcoming release (due out 1 September 2013) written by Ronald Joseph Kule, forewords by TV hosts, Regis Philbin & Chef Walter Staib. Nearly 400 pages, more than 100 photos and NEW recipes, plus DVD offers... this is a life lesson book about a chef who had a fan base of 40,000,000 Baby Boomers and who was one of the leading figures in the Philly Food Renaissance in the 1970s. Available now in pre-release at usual retail outlets and online at Amazon.com.

Chef Tell -- does anyone remember him?

CHEF TELL, THE BIOGRAPHY OF AMERICA'S PIONEER TV SHOWMAN CHEF is the title of Skyhorse Publishing's (NYC) forthcoming release (due out 1 September 2013) written by Ronald Joseph Kule, forewords by TV hosts, Regis Philbin & Chef Walter Staib. Nearly 400 pages, more than 100 photos and NEW recipes, plus DVD offers... this is a life lesson book about a chef who had a fan base of 40,000,000 Baby Boomers. Available now in pre-release at usual retail outlets and online at Amazon.com.

Chef Tell -- does anyone remember him?

I remember the late Chef Tell well, because he was my brother in law. There is an authorized biography soon to be released. It would be interesting to know the life story details of how he became one of the earliest successful TV showman chefs in America.
His page on facebook is Chef Tell Biography which is just being added to now.

City Tavern's Chef Walter Staib, Regis Philbin & Chef Tell?

What do these three men have in common? They all loved Chef Tell.

CHEF TELL, THE BIOGRAPHY OF AMERICA'S PIONEER TV SHOWMAN CHEF, authored by Ronald Joseph Kule, forewords by TV hosts, Regis Philbin & Philly's own Chef Walter Staib, releases on September 1, 2013. With nearly 400 pages, more than 100 photos, NEW RECIPES and new DVD offers, the official biography of the late, iconic chef who built a fan base on TV of 40,000,000 Baby Boomers will bring back a lot of memories.

As Philbin put it,"Tell started all this television madness about chefs."

Chef Tell was one of Philly's leading figures in the Great Philadelphia Food Renaissance of the 1970s. Chef Tell fans will love the anecdotes that reveal how the man on TV behind the mustache, the apron and the famous sign off, "I SEE YOU!" overcame severe hardships and obstacles, some self-made, to be there. How he made his childhood dreams come true and achieved his lifelong goal of his own, syndicated television show, In the Kitchen with Chef Tell, is nothing short of a timeless tale of grit and persistence -- a testimony to the human spirit... and the love of a good woman.

Elaine Tait, writing for The Philadelphia Inquirer, wrote, "Chef Tell is America's first TV showman chef, and the only one whose food tastes good."

People remember Tell, always with a smile, when his name is brought up. After all, he admonished them to "play with your food. I take the fear out of cooking."

People who knew Tell either loved or hated "the affable, roguish playboy chef of Philadelphia," (as Jim Quinn once wrote in Philadelphia Magazine) yet they can never forget his irascible personality.

Tell loved Philadelphia and its history. He often contributed to Philabundance and other local non-profits. Sales of his biography will continue the tradition.

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