Arno Schmidt - Trustee


Arno Schmidt started apprenticeship on April 1st 1946 in still war torn Austria. After passing the journeyman examination three years later jobs beckoned in more prosperous countries. It was a steep learning curve that took him to many parts of the world.


Arno arrived May 1959 in New York City without any connections and without a job offer. The Vatel Club sent him to the hotel St. Regis, at the time still privately owned by Mrs. Astor. He got the job as Chef Poissonier (head fish cook). Arno presented some platters at the Culinary Salon 1959 and was promoted to relief Sous Chef.


Through the efforts of Mr. Spitler, Arno was hired April 1969 as Executive Chef to open the restaurant John Peel in Westbury, Long Island. Other positions as Executive chef followed interrupted with a three year stint at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), then located in New Haven.


He was hired by The Waldorf - Astoria in August 1969, the first outsider since the hotel opened and stayed ten years. During that time he founded the ACF Big Apple Chapter with Latzi Wittenberg as Chairman. Positions as Food and Beverage Director followed including The Plaza Hotel.


For many years after Arno worked as an independent consultant, lectured at NYU and Cornell, and was elected to The Board of the CIA and is now a Trustee Emeritus.


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