Chef Emeril Lagasse is known worldwide for his innovative dishes, award-winning restaurants and overall exuberance. As one of the original celebrity chefs, Emeril has hosted more than 2,000 shows on the Food Network throughout his career. Most recently, in 2016, he launched an original series on Amazon, called Eat the Word with Emeril Lagasse. In addition to his national (and international) acclaim, Emeril has had as much of a lasting impact on the New Orleans dining scene as just about any other chef.
Emeril has been an integral part of the New Orleans restaurant community for nearly 36 years. Today, he balances his time between the Crescent City and the Florida Panhandle, where he lives with his family. In total, he heads up 12 restaurants across the U.S., four of which are in New Orleans: NOLA, his newly revamped casual, French Quarter eatery; Meril, a warehouse district hotspot; Emeril’s Delmonico, which serves up modern Creole cuisine in a historical ambiance; and his oldest and arguably best-known restaurant, Emeril’s, which is celebrating its 28th anniversary this year.