Chef/Owner La Maison on Telfair ATLANTA, Ga. - Memorial Services for Heinz Josef Sowinski, 69, who entered into rest September 8, 2015, at Emory University Hospital, will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Augusta Preparatory Day School Auditorium. Chef Heinz was a native of Germany, having made Augusta his home for the past 23 years. He was a member of the Harlem Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Heinz began his culinary career in Germany where he attended school and entered into apprenticeship at age 14. At the age of 19 he immigrated to the United States and settled in Southern California where he began working in Beverly Hills restaurants and resorts. In 1971, Heinz took a position at Walt Disney World in Florida where he met his wife Zelda and worked for three years. Later he moved to Atlanta where he continued his career as Executive Chef at the Hilton before opening one of Atlanta's finest restaurants, The Brass Key. In 1992 Chief Heinz moved to Augusta and purchased La Maison on Telfair. His understanding of wine composition and passion for food gave him a unique gift in pairing wine and food. Chief Heinz was recommended and accepted to the Academy of Chefs and received numerous awards for his culinary talents. Additionally, Heinz loved the Bible and had a special passion for sharing it with others. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Zelda Sowinski; three daughters and sons-in-law, Sofia and Manuel Verney-Carron, Grovetown, GA, Erika and Terry Miller, North Augusta, SC and Miriam and Chris Hill, Fernandina Beach, FL; a former son-in-law, Jason Mitchell; seven grandchildren, Joullian, Isaac and Noah Mitchell, Sara Miller, Gavin Hill, Mia Verney-Carron and Zachary Verney-Carron; additionally, he is survived by a brother, a sister and many extended family in Germany. Posey Funeral Directors of North Augusta in charge of arrangements (803.278.1181). Visit the registry at www.poseycares.com
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Sept. 9 to Sept. 11, 2015