28 Facts About Emeril Lagasse

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Emeril John Lagasse III is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, cookbook author, and National Best Recipe award winner for his "Turkey and Hot Sausage Chili" recipe in 2003.

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Emeril Lagasse is of Portuguese descent on his mother's side, while being of French heritage through his father.

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Emeril Lagasse worked in a Portuguese bakery as a teenager where he discovered his talent for cooking and subsequently enrolled in a culinary arts program at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School.

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Emeril Lagasse graduated from the culinary school JWU in 1978 and became Executive Chef at the Dunfey's Hyannis Resort in 1979.

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In 1982 Emeril Lagasse succeeded Paul Prudhomme as executive chef of Commander's Palace in New Orleans under Richard Brennan, Sr.

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Emeril Lagasse led the kitchen there for seven and a half years before leaving to open his own restaurant.

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Emeril Lagasse is the executive chef and proprietor of eleven restaurants in New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Orlando.

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8.

Emeril Lagasse 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.

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Emeril Lagasse was one of sixteen chefs featured in the 1993 Julia Child series Cooking with Master Chefs.

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10.

Emeril Lagasse appeared on Shop at Home Network, on the From Emeril's Kitchen from 2005 to 2006.

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11.

When Emeril Lagasse first began at Food Network, he would tape seven shows a day, from seven in the morning until two in the afternoon.

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12.

In 2013, Lagasse began hosting the Cooking Channel show Emeril's Florida.

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13.

Emeril Lagasse was a guest judge during season 9 of Top Chef: Texas in 2011 and joined the judges' table for seasons 10 and 11 in Seattle and New Orleans, respectively.

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14.

Emeril Lagasse served as the "Menu Master" of the TNT cooking competition show On the Menu, which ran for one season in 2014.

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15.

In 1996, Emeril Lagasse was a guest on the animated show Space Ghost Coast to Coast, where he and other chefs, including Martin Yan, prepare meals for Space Ghost.

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Emeril Lagasse provides the voice of hot-tempered alligator named Marlon the Gator in the 2009 New Orleans-set Disney film The Princess and the Frog.

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17.

In 2006, Emeril Lagasse appears as himself in the film Last Holiday, starring Queen Latifah.

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18.

Emeril Lagasse is featured as the cooking inspiration to her character and appears in the final scene.

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19.

In 2012, Emeril Lagasse appeared as himself on an episode of the HBO drama series Treme.

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20.

Emeril Lagasse's scene was written by fellow chef Anthony Bourdain, who stated afterward that writing the scene was "a dream" for him because it showed a sadder, more burdened side of Emeril Lagasse, which existed in real life but was rarely shown in his television appearances.

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Emeril Lagasse acted as Grand Marshal of the 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade and presided over the nationally telecast coin-toss before the game wearing a business suit—a rarity for Emeril Lagasse who is normally attired in chef's garb.

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22.

Emeril Lagasse Foundation, founded in 2002, supports non-profit organizations and educational initiatives that create opportunities for children, especially for those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential.

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23.

Emeril Lagasse Foundation has distributed more than $6 million in grants for children's charities.

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24.

In 2013 Emeril Lagasse was honored as James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year.

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25.

In 2010 Emeril Lagasse appeared in a commercial to raise awareness of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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26.

Emeril Lagasse has two lines of kitchen knives produced by Wusthof and cookware made by All-Clad, as well as a line of kitchen electrical appliances made by T-Fal.

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27.

Emeril Lagasse met his first wife, Elizabeth Kief, while working at the Venus De Milo Restaurant in Swansea, Massachusetts to pay his way through school.

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28.

Emeril Lagasse is the chef or proprietor of the following restaurants:.

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