He was one of the last great TV legends: Alfred Biolek is dead, he made a name for himself not only as an entertainer, but also as a foodie.

Cologne (dpa) – Artist Alfred Biolek is dead. He died on Friday morning, as his adopted son Scott Biolek-Ritchie told the German news agency. The former TV presenter and talk show host has fallen asleep peacefully in his Cologne apartment. Biolek had been in poor health for a long time. He was 87 years old.

Biolek is considered one of the pioneers of talk shows and cooking shows in Germany. He was closely associated with the WDR. With Rudi Carrell, for example, he developed the Saturday evening show “Amlauf Band”, the most successful show of the 1970s. At the same time, he acquired his first experience of moderation at the “Kölner Treff” and in 1978 obtained his own program, “Bio’s Bahnhof”.

Also successful as a TV chef

After that, he was constantly present on German television for 30 years. It was his own brand with three letters: Bio. His time didn’t end until 2007 with the last episode of the cooking show “Alfredissimo”, in which he stood in the kitchen with guests, chatted and tasted wine for many years. “My time is over now,” he said at the time.

In 2010, he suffered serious injuries to his skull when he fell from a spiral staircase and fell into a coma. Since then, he had lived quite retired in Cologne.