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Emeril John Lagasse (b. October 15, 1959,
Fall River, Massachusetts) is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur,
television personality, and writer. He is of Québécois (paternal) and
Portuguese (maternal) ancestry. He is a 1978 graduate of Johnson & Wales
University's College of Culinary Arts, where he later received an
honorary doctorate in 1990. He is married and has four children.
Emeril is most well-known for his TV show
Emeril Live on the Food Network, one of its highest-rated programs.
Lagasse was the first host chef of Food Network's beginners' cooking
show, How to Boil Water, in 1993. After several appearances on several
other FoodTV programs, he hosted his own show, The Essence of Emeril.
"Essence" in the title refers to the name of a spice blend of his own
concoction that he sometimes uses in his cooking. Emeril also often
suggested that viewers of his show create their own spice blends that
reflect their personal tastes and be unafraid to use them to customize
the dishes he would teach.
Emeril is known for his light and jovial
hosting style as well as several catch phrases, including "BAM!", "Kick
it up a notch", "Feel the love", and "Oh yeah, babe", usually said
before or after adding something spicy to a dish, or after the reaction
to adding something (respectively). When frying or making dishes like
sausage, Emeril advocates using genuine lard, boasting "Pork fat rules!"
He is also known for the unusual sentence constructions he uses on his
show, such as "And now we're going to beginning to start."
Lagasse initially gained fame in the
culinary world as Executive Chef of Commander's Palace. After leaving
Commander's he opened his first restaurant, Emeril's, in New Orleans,
Louisiana, in 1990. It was designated "Restaurant of the Year" in
Esquire magazine of that year. Emeril is mainly known for his emphasis
on Creole and Cajun cooking styles. Indeed, many of his restaurants as
well as his corporate office, Emeril's Homebase, are located in New
Orleans. Lagasse is the executive chef and proprietor of nine
Emeril has written several best-selling
cookbooks, from Emeril's New New Orleans Cooking, his first book which
was published in 1993, to Emeril's Delmonico, published in 2005.
Emeril briefly starred in a self-titled TV
sitcom on NBC during the fall 2001 season with Robert Urich, but it was
canceled after a few episodes and widely panned by critics. Recently he
has appeared in Crest toothpaste commercials yelling his trademark
Emeril also appeared on Shop at Home
Network (which like Food Network was owned by Scripps Networks), on the
show From Emeril's Kitchen from 2005-06. The program was discontinued
after Scripps liquidated Shop at Home's assets to Jewelry Television in
Emeril Lagasse also has a line of kitchen
knives made by Wüsthof and cookware made by All-Clad. He is also an
accomplished drummer, having passed on a scholarship to the New England
Conservatory of Music.
Born October 15, 1959
Fall River, Massachusetts
Cooking style Cajun and French
Education Johnson & Wales University
Restaurants Emeril's Restaurant (New
Orleans); NOLA (New Orleans); Emeril's New Orleans Fish House (Las
Vegas); Emeril's Delmonico (New Orleans); Emeril's Orlando (Universal
Studios, Orlando); Delmonico Steakhouse (Las Vegas); Emeril's Tchoup
Chop (Orlando); Emeril's Atlanta (Atlanta); Emeril's Miami Beach (Miami
TV Show(s) Emeril Live, Essence of Emeril
In the animated television series Futurama,
the recurring chef character Elzar is a parody of Lagasse (voiced by
John DiMaggio), even frequently using slightly modified versions of
Lagasse's trademark catchphrases "BAM!" and "kick it up a notch".
Also, a parody of Emeril appeared in an
early episode of Cartoon Network's What-a-Cartoon! episode, Kenny and
the Chimp, saying "BAM! Look at that bacon sizzle!" as an homage to
Emeril's love of pork fat. The cartoon also appears in one of the first
episodes of Codename: Kids Next Door.
Emeril also appeared on the animated
television series Space Ghost Coast to Coast on December 11, 1996, in
Episode 31 ("Cookout"). He cooks duck confit for Space Ghost.
Emeril appeared in an episode of Celebrity
Deathmatch, fighting against the Two Fat Ladies.
Emeril also appears, both in several clips
from his TV show, and, at the end of the movie, in person in the 2006
remake of J.B. Priestley's Last Holiday, starring Queen Latifah.
A Daily Show episode jokingly argued that
Emeril could have done more to help New Orleans recover from Hurricane
Katrina and thus failed to "kick it up [enough] notch[es]". Emeril
himself has been a primary spokesperson for Katrina relief efforts and
agencies owing to his connection to the city.
Emeril has started the trend of "cool
chef", paving the way for hip chefs like Bobby Flay, Jack McDavid, Tyler
Florence, G. Garvin, Guy Fieri, Dave Lieberman, Sam Choy, Duff Goldman,
and Rachael Ray.
Miami Herald sports columnist Dan Le
Batard, when substituting for Tony Kornheiser on the ESPN program Pardon
the Interruption, uses Lagasse's "BAM!" as his own introduction. Co-host
Michael Wilbon reportedly doesn't like this.
Emeril Has become the Male Susan Lucci of
the Daytime Emmy Awards as he has been nominated six times but has never
won. 
Lagasse calls his cuisine "New New
Orleans". He describes it as using local (Louisiana) ingredients in new
and different ways. It should be noted however that the styles of
cuisine at Lagasse's nine restaurants vary a great deal. Tchoup-Chop in
Orlando is "Pan-Asian" while Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian in Las
Vegas is a traditional steakhouse.
Lagasse is in his restaurant's kitchens a
good part of the year and can be regularly seen at his flagship
restaurant, Emeril's New Orleans.
Emeril's Creole Seasoning - BAM !
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