Chatting about the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel: The Waning Days of Glory, 1969 to 1979. A Nostalgic Insider View by Arno Schmidt, Executive Chef
Arno Schmidt, CHNY member and former executive chef of the Waldorf-Astoria, tells of his experiences during the glory days of the hotel. The Waldorf-Astoria hosted kings, queens, prime ministers; it was the home of two presidents and every president stayed at the hotel. It was the glamorous venue for balls, dinner dances, celebrations and political dinners. The book recalls how the system worked, how dedicated employees toiled to make the glamour happen, how the kitchen staff cooked so many different dishes at the same time for so many people, and how waiters served guests at huge dinners and intimate private parties.