Friedman Paul Erhardt


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Friedman Paul Erhardt, a German-born cook known as "Chef Tell" who was one of America's pioneering television chefs, has died. He was 63.

Erhardt died Friday of heart failure at his home in Upper Black Eddy, about 25 miles east of Allentown, his family said.

Erhardt's jolly personality, thick German accent and wit made him a fixture on TV shows such as "Regis and Kathie Lee" and comedy skits on "Saturday Night Live."

He was also said to be the inspiration for the Swedish chef on "The Muppet Show."

Born in Stuttgart, the son of a newspaper owner, Erhardt earned the nickname "Tell" after playing William Tell in a school play.

He trained in restaurants and hotels throughout Europe.

He made his first appearance on a local Philadelphia TV show "Dialing for Dollars" in 1974. That was followed by a 90-second cooking spot on a nationally syndicated show, which blossomed into appearances on "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," specials for QVC and a PBS program, "In the Kitchen With Chef Tell."

He was also known on the Philadelphia dining scene as the owner of several restaurants in the 1970s and 80s and as a culinary educator, cookbook author and spokesman for major cookware and food product lines.
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May fond memories of Friedman Erhardt fill the hearts and minds of family and friends. WC Florida

To the family of Friedman Paul Erhardt, my deepest sympathies. May you find comfort in the promise found at Revelatin 21:4.

Chef - you touched my life in ways that you can't even imagine...I will forever cherish the time we spent in the kitchen together at FCGC. I am so grateful to have gotten to know you. My love & support goes out to your family. Until we meet again, much love - Joanna

A wonderful chef, a larger than life personality and a good friend.

I'm sorry to hear of your untimely passing.

Goodby Tell.. You were a giant!!

A giant of a man with a passion for his trade. I remember "Chef Tell's" recipies at laneco. Yearly,he visited our vo-tech school in Limerick Pa. to do a presentation for the culinary arts students. He will be missed!

I will miss his culinary talents and great since of humor. I have two of his cookbooks and they are dogearred from so much use.