“Commissioner of Tailgating” Passes

A message from Chef Leon West

I knew Joe Cahn for a very long time. When I was green and just arriving in New Orleans, he asked me to be on his radio show. Every time I had a special dinner at the Convention Center kitchen, I called on Joe to be the MC for it. Joe kept the people laughing with all his knowledge.

He could talk about everything. He would walk with that mike in his hand like the pro that he was and say whatever came to his mind. He was never short for words and had a conversation about everything.

May the “Commissioner of Tailgating” rest in peace.

-Chef Leon West, President
American Culinary Federation New Orleans Chapter



Joe Cahn, Commissioner of Tailgating and Cooking School Teacher (1948-2018) founded the New Orleans School of cooking then traveled the world as the self-proclaimed commissioner of tailgating. After a career as a chef and cooking school teacher, Cahn invented the role of “Commissioner of Tailgating” for himself in 1996. He sold his business, the New Orleans School of Cooking, bought a motor home and hit the road in search of good game-day food.

In his travels, he drove his motor home more than a million miles, visiting NFL stadiums and over 200 college stadiums. His outgoing personality and comedic timing made him a natural for interacting with fans on the road.

Karen Cahn, his wife, said that there are plans for a celebration of life at a later date.

Excerpts from WWLTV obituary. Photo from Joe Cahn’s website, tailgating.com

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