Jamie Shannon

Did you know?

When he wasn’t cooking or spending time with his wife and son, Jamie liked to ride the Harley-Davidson motorcycle he had bought from a Shriner who used to ride it in New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Parade.

Jamie Shannon was hired by Chef Emeril Lagasse in 1984 to join his kitchen staff at Commander’s Palace, the famed New Orleans restaurant owned and operated by the legendary Brennan family. When Emeril left in 1990, Jamie became executive chef and stayed at Commander’s Palace until his untimely death in November of 2001, at the age of 40.


Jamie worked with Commander’s managing partners and cousins, Lally Brennan and Ti Adelaide Martin, on Commander’s Kitchen cookbook. The book  became a testimony to their collective passions and Jamie’s incredible culinary talent.


Jamie was born and raised in New Jersey but became well known as a champion of southern Louisiana regional ingredients and cooking. He won the James Beard Award as best Southeastern chef in 1999 and led the kitchen of Commander's Palace when the Beard Foundation named the restaurant the nation's best in 1996. Jamie and Commander's Palace were recipients of numerous other awards, too. Those honors include Chef of the Year from Chefs of America, 1992; Outstanding Service Award, James Beard Foundation, 1993; No. 1 Restaurant in America, Food & Wine magazine, 1995; Most Popular Restaurant, Zagat Survey, New Orleans, 1999; and No.2 Chef in the World, Robb Report, 1999.


In his obituary in Nation’s Restaurant News, Jamie is quoted as saying about his adopted city, “It is my home. I love the summer. The food is incredible. The people are outstanding. And then you have the music. It has so much culture and depth. I wake up every morning and say, ‘I love New Orleans, and I love my wife and I love my job.’”

See Jamie's Recipes

Latest Recipes

Seafood Jambalaya Added on Oct 18, 2008
Oyster Chowder Added on Oct 18, 2008
Chicken Stock Added on Oct 18, 2008
Fish or Seafood Stock Added on Oct 18, 2008

Thanks for signing up!

You'll receive an activation email in your inbox shortly. Don't forget to click that link and activate your new Cookstr.com account!

Already a member? Sign in here

Sign up for Cookstr!

  • Receive a free, handpicked selection of recipes in your inbox weekly
  • Save, share and comment on your favorite recipes in My Cookstr
  • Get updates on new cookbooks, Cookstr features, and other exclusives we know you'll love
By signing up you accept the
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
New to Cookstr? Sign up here
Thanks for commenting!
Would you like to share your comment on Facebook or Twitter?