We are very sorry to announce the death of Chef Bank Szerenyi last week due to complications following a brain hemorrhage. Those of you who attended the conference will know that Chef Bank worked closely with Chef John Umlauf to produce our wonderful lunches and banquet dinner. It was Chef Bank’s last banquet. After he appeared on stage, Chef Bank stayed up late to prepare the chicken liver pate for Sunday lunch.
A Viewing/Wake will be held Thursday, October 28,2004 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at
Lee Funeral Home
6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Road
Funeral Services will be held on Friday October 29 at 11 am at
Upper Room Fellowship Church
9701 Dangerfield Road
We have included below a eulogy by Chef John Umlauf:
Chef Bank Szerenyi
Farewell, great warrior. Your passion for great food was exceeded only by your deep heart and respect for the people around you. Coming into your presence was always a moment of pause, to put things into focus, unhurried… even when events and circumstances insisted on racing ahead.
We stood together on the podium as you proclaimed the value of real, traditional food. “Carry the torch”, you exclaimed. We’ll do that for sure! And what a fitting venue for your last banquet, a sign that you are on your way… toward a mission that has fewer boundaries and many more horizons. May the peace that you always gave, remain with you.
Chef John Umlauf
October 26, 2004
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