Emeril Lagasse is the chef-proprietor of nine restaurants and is a renowned television personality and author. Trained in the art of classic French cuisine, Lagasse pioneered the “New New Orleans” style of cooking that earned him worldwide acclaim. He hosts “The Essence of Emeril” and “Emeril Live” on the Food Network. Lagasse is also the food correspondent for “Good Morning America” and the author of several bestselling cookbooks.
Lagasse earned a degree from Johnson and Wales University, and later received an honorary doctorate degree from the university. In September 2002, Lagasse established the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to support and encourage programs creating developmental and educational opportunities for children.