Oscar


Oscar Tschirky

– 1866-1943 –


Oscar Tschirky (1866-1943), known throughout the world as Oscar of the
Waldorf, worked as maitre d’hotel of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New
York City from 1893 to 1943.

While at the Waldorf, he began a lifelong hobby of collecting menus,
some of which were from functions he himself arranged at the hotel. Upon
his death, Oscar Tschirky’s menu collection, papers, and personal
memorabilia were donated to Cornell University. The Library of Cornell’s
School of Hotel Administration continues to add to the collection, which
today numbers more than 10,000 menus from across the country and the world.

Oscar Tschirky’s menu collection provides a fascinating window on
America’s dining habits from the 1850s to the present.

Oscar Tschirky (1866 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland – November 7, 1943 in New Paltz, New York) 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 produced a large cookbook (or at least had his name on it) despite not being a chef. He is known, moreover, as the creator of Veal Oscar, and of the Waldorf salad, and for aiding in the popularization of Thousand Island Dressing.

Tschirky had a farm in New Paltz 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 would later become open 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.


”’Oscar Tschirky”’ (1866 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland – November 7, 1950, in New Paltz, New York) was mâitre d’hotel 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 produced a large cookbook (or at least had his name on it) despite not being a chef. He is known, moreover, as the creator of Eggs Benedict, of Veal Oscar, and of the Waldorf salad, and for aiding in the popularization of Thousand Island Dressing.

Tschirky had a farm in New Paltz 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 would later become open 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


You Can Read More About Oscar Tschirky Here.



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