Emeril Lagasse - The teacher.

As one of the most well-known celebrity chefs on the planet, Emeril Lagasse is a powerful force in the culinary world. In addition to owning 12 restaurants throughout the United States, he has penned nearly 19 cookbooks and has hosted over 2,000 Food Network episodes. Currently, he is the food correspondent for ABC’s Good Morning America. In 2016, he launched an original series on Amazon, Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse, which received five Daytime Emmy nominations and won for outstanding culinary program.

Recently, Lagasse showcased his talents during Grand Cayman’s January 2018 Cayman Cookout, a premier culinary event created by chef Eric Ripert. Lagasse was a bit under the weather at the cookout, but he did not let it show. He enthusiastically attended the festival’s events, headlined standing-room-only cooking demos, snapped selfies with his fans, and captivated attendees during his exclusive Portuguese-themed dinner. In between all that, he took a few moments to discuss Caribbean food, education, and fresh fish.

Do you visit the Caribbean often? What are your thoughts on its evolving food scene?

I’m a crazy fisherman, so I try to get to the Caribbean and go on fishing trips as much as I can. I’m delighted with Caribbean food. Recently, I’ve been to St. Lucia, the Dominican Republic, and Turks and Caicos. Like most places in the world, the food is just getting better. People are understanding the ingredients more, and people are learning how to cook their local foods better than ever before.