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    Matthew Von Ertfelda - Survivor 6 Contestant

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    Name: Matthew Von Ertfelda
    Age: 33
    Marital Status: Single
    Occupation: Restaurant Designer
    Hometown: Washington, D.C.
    Luxury Item: High School Wrestling Jacket

    Born in Hong Kong, Matthew Von Ertfelda has traveled all over the world. He was raised on a horse farm in Massachusetts and attended Middlesex School where he graduated with honors and served as co-captain of the football team. He received a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University in New York. In addition, he attended the Taipei Language Institute where he studied Mandarin Chinese. He also holds a culinary diploma with honors from L'Ecole de Gastronomie Française Ritz-Escoffier in Paris. Von Ertfelda currently designs restaurants and bars for a global lodging company. He has previously worked as a restaurant and bar developer in Hong Kong, a print model in Asia and a chef's apprentice/cook in Paris.

    Von Ertfelda enjoys screenwriting, foreign language study, cooking, rock and ice climbing, weight lifting and hardcore adventure. In 1994, he successfully crossed the Darien Gap, a storied stretch of jungle linking Panama and Colombia. In the summer of 1998, he organized a deep jungle trek into unmapped areas of New Guinea to track cannibals. He dove for sunken treasure off Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands and participated in Earthwatch research expeditions to St. Croix and Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. In the past, he has also competed in sprint triathlons and marathons.

    In 2002, Von Ertfelda was listed as one of People Magazine's Top 50 Bachelors. He describes himself as unique, multi-faceted, hardworking, mentally and physically strong and tenacious. He credits his older brother, Eric (a bodybuilder and writer), with teaching him respect and humility at a very early age. If Von Ertfelda could hold political office, he would like to be Director of the CIA because he loves the cloak & dagger operations and the inherent risks. If he wins the $1 million, he will buy a bottle of 1929 Chateau d'Yquem to share with close family and friends. Von Ertfelda's favorite quote is "The things you regret most in life are the risks you didn't take."

    Currently single, Von Ertfelda resides in Washington, D.C., with his vivacious fish, Reggie. His birth date is July 24, 1969.

    Color: Blue, sand, tan, olive green
    Scents: Fresh garlic being sautéed in virgin olive oil
    Flowers: Orchid
    Board Games: Ouija board
    Video Games: Doom, Doom II
    Sports to Play: Football, hoops, tennis
    Sports Teams: Patriots, Redskins, Celtics
    Outdoor Activities: Hiking, fishing, running, trekking, climbing
    TV Shows: Sex and the City, The Man Show, David Letterman
    Movies: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Caddyshack, Animal House, The Blues Brothers
    Actors: Harrison Ford, Robert De Niro, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken
    Actresses: Jennifer Lopez, Julia Roberts, Geena Davis, Juliette Lewis
    Music: Pink Floyd, Creed, U2, Madonna, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Magazines: National Geographic, Vanity Fair, Screenwriter
    Books/Authors: A Year in Provence & Hotel Pastis, Peter Mayle; H.P. Lovecraft
    Cereals: Coco Puffs, Frosted Flakes, Wheaties
    Fruits: Figs, cherries, fraises du bois
    Snack Foods: Sun chips, honey roasted peanuts, Cool Ranch Doritos, Red Twizzler
    Cookies: Pepperidge Farm Milano, Palmiers
    Candy Bars: Twix, Milky Way, Snickers
    Alcoholic Drinks: Chateau La Tour, Chimay beer, mojito, caipirinha, Sauternes, Sam Adams Summer Ale
    Non-Alcoholic: Fresh lemonade, Diet Coke, ginger ale, coffee
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    Matthew is a vintage car fan, and a racer.

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    Matthew von Ertfelda:

    -director of concept development for Marriott International
    -born in Hong Kong, grew up in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts

    In an article describing his month-long trip backpacking through the jungles of New Guinea, he mentions an interest in "recreational activities that involve a certain amount of risk." He counts skydiving, rock climbing and mountaineering among those interests. He also trekked through a stretch of jungle in Panama and Colombia.

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    Matthew was listed by People Magazine as one of "Hollywood's Hottest Bachelors" (along with fellow Survivor Ethan Zohn). No picture was shown of him, so I can only assume this is the same guy.

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    Interesting.

    I won't be obsessed with this guy like I am with Ethan though.

    Why would he bedescribed as one of "Hollywood's" Hottest Bachelors? Why would Ethan for that matter?
    "That's Numberwang!"

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    Matthew is located in Washington DC, and is the "director of concept design and foodservice design and development" for Marriott Hotels internationally.

    I'm not sure why they didn't list his location.

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    That picture I included above is from this larger picture. Matt is kneeling, next to his father, who's in the car.


    The JMT Racing crew before the start of the Monoposto feature. L. to R. Mechanic Joshua Mitchell, Matthew Von Ertfelda, Crew Chief J. R. Mitchell, Harry Von Ertfelda in his Lotus 61, superfast Brabham driver Bob Goeldner, and Travis Engen.

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    THISis a very interesting article written by Matthew. He was on an expedition in New Guinea. It ends with this paragraph, talking about him:

    About the author: A world adventurer with SouthCoast roots So how did a fellow from South Dartmouth find himself trekking through the jungles of New Guinea in search of cannibals, you ask?
    Matthew Von Ertfelda, 29, says he "was always keen on taking the path less traveled." The son of Harry and Kathleen Von Ertfelda, Matthew was born in Hong Kong but grew up in South Dartmouth. His love of adventure took hold as a teen-ager, he says, when he went on two Earthwatch expeditions. The first involved a trip to St. Croix, one of the Virgin Islands, to help a team trying to save the endangered leatherback turtle, the second to the island of Rarotonga in the Cooke Islands in the South Pacific, where he studied ancient Maori settlements.
    During his senior year at Middlesex School in Concord, Matthew took part in an underwater excavation of a galleon that sank off the Mariana Islands in the Western Pacific. The search for sunken treasure, he notes, was "every kid's dream."
    These adventures ignited Matthew's interest in travel and foreign cultures. He graduated from Cornell University, where he majored in restaurant development, after studying French cuisine for two years in Paris. "My dad always said that if I could cook, I'd always be able to support myself," he says.
    After graduating from college in 1994, Matthew headed back to Hong Kong, inspired by his father's recollections of the fabulous food there. He took a job developing restaurant and entertainment concepts, allowing more travel throughout Asia, the Philippines, New Zealand and more. After three years, investors became skittish about the area's economic situation with the return of Hong Kong to Communist China, so Matthew decided to move on.
    Today, he lives in Taiwan where he is studying Mandarin in hopes of making a career in the international hospitality field.
    So, why on earth did a young man with a taste for fine food and entertainment decide to go off in search of cannibals in New Guinea? Matthew readily admits to an interest in "recreational activities that involve a certain amount of risk." He counts skydiving, rock climbing and mountaineering among those interests. His adventuresome spirit was further whetted by a risky trek through a stretch of jungle in Panama and Colombia, dangerous in the extreme not only because of the hardship of the environment but also because of the criminal element roaming there. But he "enjoyed living in the jungle immensely and found the challenges posed by the environment (weather, terrain, animals, insects, etc.) really fascinating," he says.
    "I read some articles about tribes in New Guinea who are believed by some to practice cannibalism and headhunting in places for which there aren't even any maps. The idea of visiting a place where few, if any, foreigners have ever stepped foot was irresistible. The idea of a face-to-face encounter with a possible cannibal was too good to be true. A trip like this would be the adventure of a lifetime."
    Matthew, hooked onthe idea, began researching Irian Jaya and its people. He learned the native language, Bahasa Indonesia. The first sentence he committed to memory was, "Tolong ambil teman saya duluh," he recalls, which means "please take my friend first." "Luckily," he jokes, "I never had to use this line!"
    His research turned to the Internet, where he found others who had traveled through Irian Jaya, the western half of the island (the eastern part is the independent state of Papua New Guinea). From those contacts, Matthew and traveling companion Brad Frank, a college pal, eventually found Yonis, a Lani tribesman, who for $2,000 led the month-long expedition into the wilds of Irian Jaya to find the Korowai Batu tribe -- at one time reputed to be cannibals.
    Not exactly a Caribbean cruise. "These types of trips are not for everyone," Matthew concedes. Besides the stamina necessary to succeed on this demanding trek, there was the constant threat of injury and illness. "We carried more medicine in our backpacks than any of the 'jungle hospitals' we encountered along the way," he says.
    And how do his parents back home in South Dartmouth weather their son's expeditions? No sweat, says dad Harry, an orthopedic surgeon -- most of the time, they don't find out about Matthew's adventures until they are an accomplished fact, he chuckles.
    But the Von Ertfeldas have raised two independent-minded children (Eric, 30, is their elder child), and they trust their decisions.
    "He's got very good judgment," Dr. Von Ertfelda says of Matthew. "He's always been adventuresome. ... We don't worry."
    Besides, as he tells his kids, "The only thing you have in the end, when you get older, is your experiences."
    And how.
    -- ANNE L. HUMPHREY, features editor

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    Damn, this guy is gonna go far.

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    I guess he wasn't "Hollywood's" hottest bachelor, but he IS in the July 24, 2002 People magazine, in a list of "50 Top Bachelors".

    50 Top Bachelors: Justin Timberlake (includes long article), Esai Morales, Ben Affleck, Enrique Iglesias, Rob Frisbee with Brennan Swain, Tobey Maguire, Chris Kattan, Jimmy Sommers, Mcihael Vartan, Dale Earnahardt Jr, Ken Oringer, Victor Webster, Ethan Zohn, Sam Page, Bruce and Mark Becker, Ty Pennington, Matthew Von Ertfelda, Steve Harris, Mat Zarley, Zach Braff, Carson Daly, Jay McGraw, Nathaniel David, Mike Kohn and Doug Sharp, Joshua Jackson, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Fitzgerald, Brian Keith Jackson, Jonny Moseley, Quirt Hunt, Donnie Yen, Derek Fisher, John Miller, David Zinczenko, Chris Beckman, tom Hutsler, Richard Linnehan, Michael Rosenbaum, George Eas, Charles Cohen, Travis Fimmel, David Blaine, Alexei Yagudin, Wilmer Valderrama, Kevin Armstrong, John Matz, George Clooney.
    Ok, someone should really tell People that I'm married, for gosh sake!

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