The Lessons of One Man: the Lessons of Champions

There once was a hungry German boy who wanted to one day be one of the best chefs in the world. He studied hard, underwent a difficult apprenticeship (“In Germany they let you make mistakes once, and then they kick you where it hurts.”). He then worked in different kitchens where he ducked food, thrown plates and, at times, knives, until he got better, earned the respect of his mentors and a Gold Medal for his team in the German Cooking Olympics, the same year Germany named him “Chef of the Year.”

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Eventually, he made it to America, even became a prestigious Executive Chef at one of the best hotels of his time in Philadelphia, The Barclay. However, after clashes with a wasteful manager, he moved on to another corporation, which deliberately delayed his German work-visa papers — they were paying him less than he was worth, until he found out.

Because of his earlier preparations and constant study and practice of his craft, when Lady Luck or Serendipity came calling, he was ready. He was given the opportunity to perform a small cooking segment for a local TV show.

The switchboard lit up: half the people complained they could not understand his accent; the other half said they loved him. Within months almost 40 million people across America watched him cook and teach them how to cook delicious foods. No chef to that time had ever done that on syndicated television, which was new.

Privately, people continued to love or hate him, but he ignored the haters. Instead, he studied his craft, practiced his skills (He could prep an entire carcass in under twenty minutes… he was the “fastest chef with knives in the West,” which he demonstrated on LIVE! with Regis & Kathie Lee, but you didn’t want to stand too close as the stainless steel blades flashed!) and took on more responsibilities: eventually running five restaurants, teaching regular, local cooking classes in person, taping more TV show segments, performing live in convention halls, Womens Shows venues and on numerous television shows as a guest chef.

Through it all, this chef woke up each day at 5:00 A.M. and did daily food-prep work until 11:00 A.M., so when his team cooked lunches and dinners, they were always prepared, always ready, always ahead of their game.

The moral of this story? Constant living within his dream, constant daily preparation, constant learning of new things about his game, constant practice… leads to fame, fortune, prestigious awards and lasting recognition. As America’s pioneer TV showman chef, one of the best chefs in the world, the lessons of “Chef Tell” Erhardt’s lifetime are the lessons of would-be national champions in any field.

© 2013 by Ronald Joseph Kule and KuleBooks LLC. All Rights Reserved.



If I am to be listened to,

I must first speak; this is not

Halloween not trick or treat,

this is blood-thirsty work,

nothing to shirk or leave alone —

no writer leaves a stone unturned

alone, un-raked or scattered; ideas

are better off swept up, because

their burning embers might

rise as high as the sky;


The way the smoke smells

tells the tale, to get to the

heart of the matter, where mind

meets writer suffering, spilling,

lusting for others will go on living,

etched forever in his illusions;


Writers bob and weave stories

like boxers in their glory, taking

corner cues from unseen Muses.


© 2012 by Ron Kule. Reserved.


“HUMANITY! We are each a part of it – its lofty beauty, horrible sadness, vexing problems, powerful highs and deplorable conditions. By right, solutions for humanity’s future are both the responsibility and freedom of every person who walks this Earth. Humanity is a group.

Any group is composed of individual human beings – composites of what makes us not only vulnerable to the limitations of matter, energy, space and time, but also immortal in our hopes, dreams, inspirations and aspirations. The responsibilities and rights of one individual, therefore, are identical to those of Humanity: as goes one person, so goes the group.

Who is the next Einstein? The next Mozart? Martin Luther King, Jr.? From what part of the planet will the answer to harsh weather and drought conditions come? Where is the next Mother Theresa or Michael Jackson? Is he or she rich or a beggar on the roadside in some Third World country?

Protecting the basic, inalienable rights of one person is vital to the overall future and conditions of all of humanity’s existence. One document, sworn to in 1948 at the United Nations, voluntary in its implementation, known and implemented universally under common law — the Universal Declaration of Human Rights championed by Eleanor Roosevelt — can protect, defend and enhance every single person on Earth. More than ever, the 30 declared human rights must be made known and well thought of today, if Mankind is to move forward to greater heights, leaving no one behind.

The next innovations of human technology, be they spawned by the sciences, entertainment, design, global issues or inspirational works of art from the brightest leaders of tomorrow, will come, but only if all 30 human rights are given free rein to prosper and to flourish in every quarter.

Each human being is a universe of potential waiting to give back to humanity its best, brightest ideas and dreams available.”

copyright 2013 by Ron Kule. All Rights Reserved.