I Am?

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  1. Philip H. Nudle, CEC Says: December 28, 2015 7:49 pm

    Dear Graham,

    I had the pleasure of meeting you in Atlanta, Georgia in 1997 at the ACF convention.
    I am a 62 year old chef who through watching you in his early years wanted to become a chef himself, and did. A lot has happened since then in my life after graduating the CIA (1976), starting my career at the 21 club, working for private country clubs in New Jersey for 30 years, and being chosen for the New York Culinary Team that competed in Frankfort , Germany (1992).

    In my private life my wife of 35 years passed away from a 20 year long disease fighting Multiple Sclerosis. Though difficult, with God’s help my two kid’s and I have moved forward with life. I have recently remarried and blended a wonderful family together. My wife now of one year asks “why are you still a chef when I see all these others on T.V.” Right place right time? “You look 20 years younger than you are, and have a personality”. So, I thought to reach out to the one person who started it all, who might offer some insight.

  2. Jean Says: December 30, 2015 5:07 pm

    What a life of love you had.God bless

  3. Graham Says: December 30, 2015 5:51 pm

    Dear Philip, first of all, from personal experience, to have a wife who asks…”why not you?” Is the very best help that anyone could ever ask for!

    Frankly..she is also right..there are a great many out there ..at last count 178 chefs with somewhat regular series!… For the most part a new entry may have to accept the exposure as payment. The old days of book sales being your recompense have almost gone away.. There are now 10 million books on sale..it’s a blizzard out there.

    About the only benefit is to become, for a short while? a celebrity..providing that you have a unique twist to offer.

    I doubt that I would have had the success I had ( when only 4 channels in major cities) had I not leapt over a chair…neither Julia or Jacques were able to do that!!!

    If you BOTH really want to enter the race, notwithstanding my squelch, then do get back and I will happily share the behind the scenes tips I learned over our 1,800 episodes.

    Happy new Year..I am so glad to hear that you have found solace for your sorrow..your new family sounds wonderful.

    Upstreaming on purpose! Graham

  4. Claire Says: January 2, 2016 7:51 am

    Graham:
    John and I just logged in together. We are still trying to come to grips with Treena’s leaving! A light has gone out. One less star is in the sky.
    What a tender idea of yours, to share her lovely poetry.
    You and Treena are deep in our hearts and prayers,
    Claire and John

  5. Graham Kerr Says: January 5, 2016 3:30 pm

    And you both are in mine as you used to be in ours. As for the star going out…how about a new one to guide our way, one of the many benefits of going first? Much love, as always.. Graham.

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