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Farewell to Jamie Shannon

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The culinary world in general and Commander's Palace in specific lost another of its favorites sons yesterday. 40-year-old Jamie Shannon succumbed to cancer. Much too soon.

Attached is a link the to New York Times obit in today's paper.

Link: http://nytimes.com/aponline/national/...?

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  1. Shocking, what a shame. He seemed such an engaging person--a loss way too young. I'm sorry.

    1. I am extremely saddened by this news. I had the great pleasure of meeting Jamie when he graciously signed his cookbook for us when we ate at Commander's last year. A true professional, I will never forget the unbelievable presence he had over the Commander's kitchen.

      I send my deepest sympathy out to his family.

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        Anne M Shannon

        Dear Everyone who knew my son it pleases me to no end that my son was so loved by so many people, and most of all by me and my family. So many of Jamie,s friends have been an inspiring part of my healing.I love you all and thank you for loving my son.He touched a lot of people and I never knew that I am so proud.

        His Loving MOM

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          Caitlin McGrath

          Thanks for posting here. I'm sure all our hearts are with you, even those enough who never had the pleasure of enjoying your son's cooking.

          1. re: Anne M Shannon

            I just learned of Chef Shannon's passing. From the Philadelphia, PA, area, I had the pleasure of eating at the Commander's Place two years ago and it was such a pleasure in both taste and atmosphere that it made a lasting impression. My sympathies at his passing and admiration for his accomplishments in a too short career. A great loss. A great gift.

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              What a lovely and touching note--thank you. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.

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              Chef David Hawley

              The Culinary world has truly lost a GREAT Chef and a truly wonderful, caring person. I had the great opportunity to meet Jamie and he has had a BIG impact on me and my career. I had so greatly wanted to work for and with Chef Jamie. The opportunity that I had to eat at Commander's Palace, was one that I will never forget. Chef Jamie's work was so inspirational and a true work of art. I know in my heart that Jamie is in a much better place and not suffering. He is in the Lord's hands and being looked after, as the very special person that he is. Chef Jamie, you will be missed by one and all, even by the people you haven't touched in your own very special way. Those of us who you have touched will miss you in so many ways. I just hope to be able to carry on your legacy as a GREAT Chef, serving people and making them happy with your food, personality and devotion. God Bless you Chef Jamie for everything. Bye my friend, until we meet again.

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                Tony Sparacio of Riviera Restaurant in Medford NJ

                I knew Jamie as a kid. I loved him as a friend and a respected him as a master of masters. He has indeed accomplished the impossible in a sea of possibilities! Ciao for now my friend,
                Tony