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Justin Wilson

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Justin E. Wilson (April 24, 1914 - September 5, 2001) was a southern American chef and humorist known for his brand of Cajun cuisine-inspired cooking and humor. He was a self-styled “raconteur” and a staunch political conservative.

Wilson was born in Roseland in Tangipahoa Parish, one of the “Florida Parishes” of Louisiana.[1] He began his career as a safety engineer while he traveled throughout Acadiana. His safety lectures that he made to refinery workers prompted him on the road to becoming a Cajun storyteller. He remembered it this way on the back cover of The Justin Wilson Cook Book:

“Way back when I first started as a safety engineer, I took myself pretty seriously, and I found I was putting my audiences to sleep. So having lived all my life among the Cajuns of Louisiana, and having a good memory for the patois and the type of humor Cajuns go for, I started interspersing my talks on safety with Cajun humor.”

Wilson later recorded several humor albums, beginning with “The Humorous World of Justin Wilson” on Ember Records. He also recorded several albums for Jewel Records on the Paula label. He later appeared as a guest on the popular CBS series The Ed Sullivan Show. He was known for the catchphrase, “I gar-on-tee!”. He later wrote seven Cajun cookbooks and two books of Cajun stories, and hosted several cooking shows on PBS that combined Cajun cooking and Cajun humor.

Wilson was politically active in his early years. His father, Democrat Harry D.

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