Odette Kahn

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Odette Kahn
Odette Kahn

Odette Kahn (1923–1982) was a leading authority on wine and editor of the La Revue du vin de France (Review of French wine) and of Cuisine et Vins de France (Food and Wines of France). She was a judge at the historic Paris Wine Tasting of 1976. Kahn was outraged at the results of the tasting, unsuccessfully demanded her ballot back, refused later to speak to organizer Steven Spurrier after the event, claimed fraud, and wrote disparagingly about the wine competition. This event was later portrayed in the movie Bottle Shock.


Kahn was an expert in the field of French gastronomy and wines, for which she was a well-known ambassador throughout the world.

After graduate studies in one of the best French business schools (HECJF), she became first the assistant director, and then the editor-in-chief of two magazines, “Cuisine et Vins de France” and “Revue du Vin de France”. In 1968, after the death of Madeleine Decure, co-founder with Edmond Saillant (aka Curnonsky) of “Cuisine et Vins de France”, Odette Kahn became director of Société française d’éditions vinicoles, the publisher of "Cuisine et Vins de France" and "Revue du Vin de France".

She was a member of the International Academy of Wine, as well as forty wine and gastronomy fraternities throughout the world. She is the author of a cookbook published by Calmann-Lévy in 1977 under the title "La Petite et la Grande Cuisine". She also collaborated in the writing of several other books, including "Cuisine sans Souci" (1974) and "La Vraie Cuisine de l’Alsace" (1976).

Until the early eighties, she was in charge of the national "Meilleur sommelier de France" competition and served as general secretary of the Association of women cooks and restaurant operators. Odette Kahn founded the "Amitiés Gastronomiques Internationales" association.

She participated in numerous radio and television broadcasts, and was a member of the jury in some of the most renowned gastronomic contests. She received many awards, including the Chevalier du Mérite National, Chevalier du Mérite Agricole, and the City of Paris Medal.

See also[edit]


  • Gibb, Rebecca (2012-06-18). "Judgment Time in New Jersey". Wine-Searcher. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  • "Time Magazine – Modern Living: Judgment of Paris, 7 June 1976". Time. 7 June 1976. Archived from the original on 2008-02-13. Retrieved 2016-04-26.

Further reading[edit]

  • Taber, George M. Judgment of Paris: California vs France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine. NY: Scribner, 2005. Pp. 160, 199-205, 217-218.