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Executive Chef & Partner of One Off Hospitality Group

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Paul Kahan is the Executive Chef & Partner of One Off Hospitality Group. Two decades after opening One Off Hospitality Group’s flagship restaurant, Blackbird, Kahan has become the nationally recognizable face of Chicago chefs.

Passionately seasonal, unconventionally creative and dedicated to the inspiration of classical cuisine, Kahan has received international acclaim for Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, Nico Osteria, Dove’s Luncheonette, Publican Quality Bread, Publican Tavern O’Hare and most recently, Publican Anker.

Awarded Outstanding Chef in America by the James Beard Foundation in 2013 and Best Chef of the Midwest in 2004, Kahan has earned the praise of many who claim him to be one of America’s most influential culinary minds.

A Chicagoan through and through, Kahan grew up around food. His father owned a delicatessen and a smokehouse, and “when I wanted to make a buck,” says Kahan. “I would help my dad take the fish out of the brine, hang them on the racks and wheel them into the smokehouse.”

After a brief post-college stint as a computer scientist, Kahan took a job in the kitchen of Erwin Drechsler’s Metropolis. It was in Dreschler’s kitchen where Kahan realized his true calling. Over the course of 15 years at Metropolis and Erwin, Kahan developed relationships with Midwestern farmers—leaving a permanent mark on his culinary outlook. He further honed his craft at Topolobampo under the tutelage of the award-winning chef Rick Bayless.

In 1999, shortly after Blackbird opened, Food & Wine placed Kahan on their Best New Chefs list, recognizing his highly individual approach to cooking and the talent that Chicago diners have celebrated for years. Despite accolades and adoration, Kahan’s biggest accomplishment remains his work as a mentor for young chefs. As Kahan puts it, “I have won my awards, what I love is cooking and teaching. If somebody has a great creative vision or a great mind for food, I want to learn from them.” He works to foster empowerment, providing the resources necessary to grow, both as a chef and person. In 2017, Kahan released his debut cookbook, Cheers to The Publican: Repast and Present, inspired by the many individuals, purveyors and farmers with whom he and his culinary team have worked over their careers. In 2018, Cheers to The Publican was recognized nationally with a coveted book award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).

Kahan is an ardent supporter of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for pediatric cancer research, as well as a founding member of Pilot Light, an organization dedicated to enhancing school children’s perception of food through hands-on education.

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Cheers to the Publican, Repast and Present: Recipes and Ramblings from an American Beer Hall

Cheers to the Publican, Repast and Present: Recipes and Ramblings from an American Beer Hall

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Paul Kahan

Executive Chef & Partner of One Off Hospitality Group

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Paul Kahan Biography

Paul Kahan is the Executive Chef & Partner of One Off Hospitality Group. Two decades after opening One Off Hospitality Group’s flagship restaurant, Blackbird, Kahan has become the nationally recognizable face of Chicago chefs.

Passionately seasonal, unconventionally creative and dedicated to the inspiration of classical cuisine, Kahan has received international acclaim for Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, Nico Osteria, Dove’s Luncheonette, Publican Quality Bread, Publican Tavern O’Hare and most recently, Publican Anker.

Awarded Outstanding Chef in America by the James Beard Foundation in 2013 and Best Chef of the Midwest in 2004, Kahan has earned the praise of many who claim him to be one of America’s most influential culinary minds.

A Chicagoan through and through, Kahan grew up around food. His father owned a delicatessen and a smokehouse, and “when I wanted to make a buck,” says Kahan. “I would help my dad take the fish out of the brine, hang them on the racks and wheel them into the smokehouse.”

After a brief post-college stint as a computer scientist, Kahan took a job in the kitchen of Erwin Drechsler’s Metropolis. It was in Dreschler’s kitchen where Kahan realized his true calling. Over the course of 15 years at Metropolis and Erwin, Kahan developed relationships with Midwestern farmers—leaving a permanent mark on his culinary outlook. He further honed his craft at Topolobampo under the tutelage of the award-winning chef Rick Bayless.

In 1999, shortly after Blackbird opened, Food & Wine placed Kahan on their Best New Chefs list, recognizing his highly individual approach to cooking and the talent that Chicago diners have celebrated for years. Despite accolades and adoration, Kahan’s biggest accomplishment remains his work as a mentor for young chefs. As Kahan puts it, “I have won my awards, what I love is cooking and teaching. If somebody has a great creative vision or a great mind for food, I want to learn from them.” He works to foster empowerment, providing the resources necessary to grow, both as a chef and person. In 2017, Kahan released his debut cookbook, Cheers to The Publican: Repast and Present, inspired by the many individuals, purveyors and farmers with whom he and his culinary team have worked over their careers. In 2018, Cheers to The Publican was recognized nationally with a coveted book award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).

Kahan is an ardent supporter of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for pediatric cancer research, as well as a founding member of Pilot Light, an organization dedicated to enhancing school children’s perception of food through hands-on education.

Paul Kahan Videos

  • Paul Kahan, Executive Chef and Partner, The Publican
  • Munchies: Paul Kahan
  • The Dish: Chef Paul Kahan

Paul Kahan Books

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  • How to book Paul Kahan?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Paul Kahan for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Paul Kahan, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Paul Kahan or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Paul Kahan?

    Booking fees for Paul Kahan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Paul Kahan, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Paul Kahan?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Paul Kahan for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Paul Kahan for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Paul Kahan or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Paul Kahan or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Paul Kahan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Paul Kahan for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Paul Kahan generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Stephanie Izard, Art Smith, Richard Blais, Graham Elliot and Rick Bayless. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Paul Kahan for an upcoming event.

Paul Kahan Speaker Videos

  • Paul Kahan, Executive Chef and Partner, The Publican
    Munchies: Paul Kahan
  • The Dish: Chef Paul Kahan

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