The Frenchwoman Odette Kahn (1923-1982) was an expert on French gastronomy and wines and acted as a worldwide ambassador. After studying economics at the famous French school HECJF, she became a senior lecturer and later editor of the two magazines "Cuisine et Vins de France" and "Revue du Vin de France". At the legendary Paris Wine Tasting
In 1976, when the myth of the qualitative superiority of French wines to New World products was broken, she was one of the 11 jurors or wine critic
, However, she was dissatisfied with the surprising result, explicitly distanced herself from it and accused the English wine merchant and organizer Steven Spurrier
even manipulation before.
Kahn was a member of the "International Academy of Wine", as well as of 40 wine brotherhoods
worldwide. She was also the author of the cookbook "La Petite et la Grande Cuisine" (1977) and co-author of "Cuisine sans Souci" (1974) and "La Vraie Cuisine de l'Alsace" (1976) active. Kahn participated in numerous radio and television programs and was a jury member of some renowned culinary competitions. She was often honored, for example as "Chevalier du Mérite National" and "Chevalier du Mérite Agricole" as well as with the "Paris Medal". Until the early 1980s, she was responsible for the "Meilleur Sommelier de France" competition and was Secretary General of the Association of Chefs and Restaurant Operators. She also founded the association "Amitiés Gastronomiques Internationales".