Services for Edwin A. Kuser, a retired Swiss chef who headed hotel and hospital kitchens, will be at 11 a.m. today at Ambrose Inc., 1328 Sulphur Spring Road in Arbutus.
Mr. Kuser, a resident of Arbutus, died of heart failure Thursday at his home. He was 94.
Mr. Kuser trained as a chef in his native Switzerland under a rigorous apprenticeship system, which required that he pay for the privilege of learning.
After arriving in New York in 1920, he took a job as an ice carver at the old Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where he worked until he moved to Baltimore five years later.
At various times, he had served as executive chef at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, the Baltimore Country Club and the Johns Hopkins and Sinai hospitals.
At Sinai, where he was food production manager, Mr. Kuser oversaw all aspects of the food operation. In charge of food buying and preparation, he also managed two cafeterias, a separate Kosher kitchen and a cafeteria for Orthodox Jewish families.
Responsible for 40,000 patient meals a month and 2,300 employee meals a day, he would talk to hospital diners to make sure they were pleased with their meals.
Mr. Kuser was saluted for his talents on numerous occasions. Among these was an honorary dinner given by Nicholas J. Mentis, a leading chef, and local food executives in 1984.
Mr. Kuser retired from Sinai in the late 1970s.
His first wife, the former Gertrude Dolan, died in 1941 after the couple had been married 19 years.
He is survived by his wife of almost 11 years, the former Marguerite Gore Burton; two sons, Edwin A. Kuser Jr. of Catonsville and Robert Kuser of Baltimore; a daughter, Carolyn Dwyer of Cinnaminson, N.J.; a stepson, George E. Burton Sr. of Baltimore Highlands; three stepdaughters, Marguerite L. Leaf of Elkridge, Beverly J. Leaf of Ellicott City, Priscilla McNiel of Ferndale; 28 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.