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Thomas Tolxdorf


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TOLXDORF Thomas Tolxdorf, age 49, Executive Chef of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, died in a car accident on June 7, 2014. He leaves behind a legacy not only as one of The Ritz-Carlton s most Celebrated Chefs, but as a beloved husband and father and an energetic leader in the community. Thomas was born on May 17, 1965, in East Berlin, Germany. He graduated from the Berlin Culinary School. He met his wife Nathalie Wu at the hotel Gasthof Hirschen in Interlaken, Switzerland, where they both worked. They were married March 17, 1996 in Taiwan and have two boys, Philipp and Martin. Thomas was named Executive Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island in 2001, supervising all aspects of food and culinary operations. He participated in the Ritz-Carlton Culinary Advisory Board, and was considered one of the most successful Chefs within The Ritz-Carlton worldwide resorts. His greatest legacy was the development of the unique concept of the highly acclaimed restaurant Salt. He was featured frequently in the media, including numerous articles and live T.V. demonstrations. Thomas enjoyed a life-long love for soccer. He wanted to be a soccer pro as a child, and continued to play soccer competitively through school and as an adult. His greatest joys were coaching and watching his boys play. Thomas lived and worked in Berlin, Switzerland, Taipei, Singapore, and Fernandina Beach. He generously supported many charitable causes, including the Amelia Island Montessori School Chili Cook-Off, Amelia Island Restaurant Week, the local Farm to Table movement, the Legends Series with Jacksonville s Onespark, Delicious Destinations at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club to benefit St. Vincent's Community Outreach Ministries, Oceania's Cruise as Guest Chef, downtown Fernandina Farmer's Market, the Naples Winter Wine Fest, and played soccer with kids at the Boys and Girls club. Most recently, he initiated the Chefs Move to Schools at Fernandina Beach High School, allowing culinary students to gain professional training and improving school lunch nutrition. Thomas is survived by his wife Nathalie Wu and sons, Philipp, 16, and Martin, 13; his parents, Klaus Tolxdorf and Karin Brockmueller; a brother, Michael Tolxdorf, and his wife, Sneshanna; and an aunt, Edeltraut Kuschinski, all residents of Berlin, Germany. Thomas poured his heart and soul into everything he did. He became a chef because his uncle told him he should learn to cook if he was interested in traveling around the world. When asked what he found most satisfying part of his life's work, he said he most enjoyed creating something new every day and seeing people grow, learn and get fulfillment from their daily work and career. Thomas recently ran a half marathon and was excited about his next adventure. He hoped to hike the Camino de Santiago in Spain for his 50th birthday. He loved to search for shark's teeth at the ocean and enjoyed the beach lifestyle. His favorite outdoor recreational activities included fishing, hiking, and biking. Thomas had pieces of the Berlin Wall, which he retrieved when the Berlin Wall came down, opening up the world for him and other East Germans. He made the most of this new freedom, leading a very busy, successful and exciting life. Thomas contributed immeasurably to his family and community, and will be remembered for the way he touched the lives of all who loved and learned from him. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, June 16, 2014 in the Talbot Ball Room of the Ritz Carlton Resort on Amelia Island, Florida. His family will receive friends, at the Ritz Carlton, following the service. In lieu of flowers, an account has been established to help with family and educational expenses. Donations can be made to the Thomas Tolxdorf Memorial Fund, c/o First Coast Community Bank, 1750 S. 14th St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 (across from Wal Mart.) Please visit the Thomas Tolxdorf Memorial Fund group on Facebook to donate via PayPal. Please share his Life Legacy at www.oxleyheard.com OXLEY HEARD FUNERAL DIRECTORS Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on June 13, 2014
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