Ford Field Executive Chef Joe Nader Hosts 70,000 For Thanksgiving [PHOTOS]

Nader gives WDET an inside look into his kitchen and preparations to feed tens of thousands on Thanksgiving Day.

Jake Neher/WDET

Many of us know the hard work and stress involved in hosting our families and loved ones for Thanksgiving. Cooking dish after dish of food. Getting a house ready for guests.

Joe Nader takes that preparation to a whole different level. He hosts almost 70,000 people every single Thanksgiving. That’s because Joe is the executive chef of Ford Field, where the Detroit Lions play each year in a unique tradition that goes back decades.

Joe Nader recently gave Detroit Today producer Jake Neher a preview of this year’s Thanksgiving food preparations and a tour of his kitchen at Ford Field. 

Click on the audio player above to hear the sounds of the kitchen and Nader’s conversation with Neher.

Here is a slideshow of Nader, his kitchen, and his staff at Ford Field:


  • Detroit Today
    Dynamic and diverse voices. News, politics, community and the issues that define our region. Hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stephen Henderson, Detroit Today brings you fresh and perceptive views weekdays at 9 am and 7 pm.