I grew up watching The Food Network almost every day and I am still a regular viewer of all the popular cooking shows. There are some amazing celebrity chefs to watch and learn from. One of my all-time favorite celebrity chefs growing up was Emeril Lagasse. I could not miss an episode of his popular TV show, Emeril Live. I'll never forget it-I must've been in second or third grade and one of my friends called me up to tell me her mom got tickets for all of us to go to a live taping of one of his shows. Let me tell you, I was in awe! I also made it on television for a few seconds. What a day!
Emeril Lagasse, American celebrity chef, restauranteur, cookbook author, TV personality has a very long and successful career in the culinary world. Emeril Lagasse began his career right after graduating in 1978 from the popular culinary school, Johnson & Wales University, and then becoming Executive Chef at the Dunfey's Hyannis Resort in 1979. He left there in 1982 and became Executive Chef of Commander's Palace in New Orleans. Lagasse served there for about seven and a half years before leaving to open his first restaurant in New Orleans called, Emeril's. Focusing on Creole and Cajun cuisine and his self- developed "New New Orleans style," his style of cooking became incredibly popular and liked by many. Emeril's restaurants have expanded to even more locations around the United States like Las Vegas, Miramar Beach, Florida, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
After writing best-selling cookbooks and appearing on several television shows, he became the host of his own cooking show, Essence of Emeril in the early '90s. In early 1997, he became the host of another Food Network cooking show, Emeril Live along with several other shows throughout the years.
Known for his fun catchphrases like, "Bam," "Feel the love" and "Kick it up a notch," viewers will hear Lagasse's signature catchphrases on many of his cooking shows.
On top of being a cookbook author, daytime Emmy award winner, restaurateur, and tv personality, Emeril Lagasse has his own kitchenware line, as well as his own line of products at the grocery store. Popular items you might find are his signature spice blend and marinades. Lagasse has also appeared on several popular television shows like Top Chef and Iron Chef America.
Emeril Lagasse's Net Worth
A great chef with a long and successful career, Emeril Lagasse's estimated net worth is said to be around $70 million dollars. Lagasse is also passionate about giving back to his foundation, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation which helps create opportunities for youth through culinary and nutrition education.
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