Services: Over the Courses with Annemarie

Even during her childhood days in Ulm, Germany, Annemarie Huste demonstrated that she was to the skillet born. By the time she was 20, she had served in half a dozen European kitchens, worked her way to New York, and before she knew it, had been taken on by Billy Rose as housekeeper-cook at $250 a week. "She had very little in the way of references," says the agent who sent her, "but she was very pretty and I thought he'd give her a chance. He told me she was a very good cook."

Then two years ago, after Billy...