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Oscar Tschirky
Birth: 1866
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Death: Nov. 6, 1950
New Paltz
Ulster County
New York, USA

Culinary Figure, Creator of the Waldorf Salad. He was maître d'hôtel of Delmonico's Restaurant and subsequently the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, New York, United States. He was widely known as "Oscar of the Waldorf" and published a large cookbook. He was born in 1866 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. He came to the United States as a young man, settling in New York City. Working first as a waiter, he participated in the rise of exclusive restaurants. He became known as maître d'hôtel of Delmonico's Restaurant and subsequently the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, New York. He was widely known as "Oscar of the Waldorf". Because of his association with the restaurant, he capitalized on his association with food, although he had never worked as a chef. He published a large cookbook. He is also pictured on a relish bottle displayed in the lobby of the Waldorf-Astoria, along with other photos of him at the major events during his tenure as maître d'hôtel. He is credited with having created the Waldorf salad, and for aiding in the popularization of the Thousand Island dressing. Tschirky is also credited with developing the preparation of Eggs Benedict, although differing accounts make this hard to confirm. He had a farm in New Paltz, New York, where he hosted picnics for friends and family as well as other chefs. In later years the property was purchased by the Philantropique Society and was operated as a retirement home for chefs. It later opened to the general public and was known as The Culinarians' Home. Cornell University holds the Oscar Tschirky papers and his noted collection of menus (Cornell University School of Hotel Administration). Karl Schriftgiesser wrote a biography, Oscar of the Waldorf, that appears to be virtually an autobiography. Much recollection is devoted to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and its founder, George C. Boldt, and his wife, Louise Kehrer Boldt. (bio courtesy of: Wikipedia) 
 
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 Parents:
  August C. Tschirky (1825 - 1890)
  Antoinette Fassbind Tschirky (1832 - 1925)
 
 Spouse:
  Sophia Bertisch Tschirky (1865 - 1939)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
New Paltz Rural Cemetery
New Paltz
Ulster County
New York, USA
Plot: E-1
 
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Record added: Jun 24, 2012
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