Emeril Lagasse

Celebrity Chef

Chef Emeril Lagasse

Celebrity Chef

Chef Emeril Lagasse is the chef/proprietor of 12 restaurants in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Miramar Beach, FL and Bethlehem, PA. He has hosted more than 2,000 shows on the Food Network, and is the food correspondent for ABC’s "Good Morning America".


Delmonico Steakhouse

Cuisine: All - American

Location: Restaurant Row - View Property Map (Location #136)

Chef Biography

Chef Emeril Lagasse received his first culinary experience from his mother, Hilda, when he was a boy growing up in the small town of Fall River, Mass. As a teenager, he worked at a Portuguese bakery where he mastered the art of bread and pastry baking. Upon high school graduation, Lagasse was offered a full scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music, but decided to pursue a career as a professional chef. He earned a degree from the respected culinary fortress, Johnson and Wales University, and later received an honorary doctorate degree from the university. Lagasse then traveled to Paris and Lyon, France, where he polished his skills and learned the art of classic French cuisine. Returning to the United States, Lagasse practiced his art in fine restaurants in New York, Boston and Philadelphia before heading south to the Big Easy. Lured to New Orleans by Dick and Ella Brennan, Lagasse established his star at their legendary restaurant, Commander's Palace, where he was executive chef for seven and a half years.

Lagasse is now the chef-proprietor of 12 restaurants in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Orlando, Charlotte, N.C. and Bethlehem, Pa. In 1990, Chef Emeril opened Emeril’s Restaurant in the Warehouse District in downtown New Orleans. Two years later, he opened NOLA Restaurant in the French Quarter. In 1995, Emeril brought his “New New Orleans” cooking to Las Vegas and opened Emeril's New Orleans Fish House, located in the MGM Grand Hotel. In 1998, Lagasse opened Emeril’s Delmonico in New Orleans’ historic Garden District. He opened two restaurants in 1999 including Emeril’s Orlando at Universal Studios CityWalk and Delmonico Steakhouse in the Venetian Resort, Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In 2003, he opened Tchoup Chop (pronounced chop-chop) at Universal Orlando’s Royal Pacific Resort. In February 2008, he opened Table 10 at The Palazzo in Las Vegas.

The recognition and awards he has garnered have made him known to food-loving Americans everywhere. His restaurants consistently win critical praise and top ratings. Emeril's Restaurant was dubbed "Restaurant of the Year" by John Mariani in Esquire magazine in 1990 and received the coveted Wine Spectator "Grand Award" in 1991. Also in 1991, Lagasse was named "Best Southeast Regional Chef" by the James Beard Foundation. Emeril's Restaurant later earned the prestigious Ivy Award. NOLA has achieved the status of "Best New Restaurant" byEsquire magazine in 1993 and has been recognized nationally by Travel & Leisure and Southern Living magazines. His third restaurant, Emeril's New Orleans Fish House was named “Best Restaurant in Las Vegas" by Zagat. In 2002, Delmonico Steakhouse was named "Best Steakhouse" by Las Vegas Life magazine. In 2004, Delmonico Steakhouse received the Grand Award from Wine Spectator magazine, and has continued each year since. Emeril’s restaurant has received a “Grand Award” from Wine Spectator every year since 2000 for its robust and varied wine list.
Lagasse himself has also received accolades and awards for his culinary expertise. In 1998 he was chosen as "Chef of the Year" by GQ magazine. In 1999, he was named one of Peoplemagazine's "25 Most Intriguing People of the Year." In 2004, he was chosen as “Executive of the Year” by Restaurants & Institutions magazine. In 2005, he received the “Distinguished Service Award” from Wine Spectator for his significant and long-lasting contributions to the wine industry. In 2006, he was inducted into the MenuMasters Hall of Fame by Nation’s Restaurant News. In 2007, he was named “Restaurateur of the Year” by New Orleans CityBusiness. In 2009, he received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival. For his contributions to the American culinary industry, Lagasse was featured in the 2012 Smithsonian exhibit “Food: Transforming the American Table 1950–2000.” In 2013, Lagasse was named the Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation for his dedicated efforts to further the culinary arts in America, as well as his philanthropic work supporting these children’s educational programs through the Emeril Lagasse Foundation.

As a national TV personality, he has hosted more than 2,000 shows on the Food Network, and is the food correspondent for ABC’s "Good Morning America.” He is also the host of “Fresh Food Fast” and “The Originals with Emeril,” both airing on Cooking Channel. His latest TV show, “Emeril’s Florida,” premiered its second season in January 2014 on the Cooking Channel. Lagasse also joined the judges’ table on “Top Chef: New Orleans”—season 11 of Bravo’s hit food series “Top Chef” and will join TNT’s new reality cooking series, “On the Menu,” as Menu Master in fall of 2014.
Lagasse is the author of 18 bestselling cookbooks including his first, Emeril’s New New Orleans Cooking, which introduced his creative take on Creole cuisine. His latest cookbook, Cooking with Power, was released in October 2013.
In 2002, Lagasse established the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to support children’s educational programs that inspire and mentor young people through the culinary arts, school food and nutrition and important life skills programs. Projects funded by the Foundation include an outdoor classroom, gardens, fresh foods cafeteria and teaching kitchen at Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, an accessible learning kitchen for special needs students at St. Michael Special School, and a culinary learning center for hospitality training for at-risk youth at Café Reconcile. In March 2011, he dedicated the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Culinary Arts Studio, a four-year culinary arts program for high school students with master-apprentice curriculum at New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. Each fall, the foundation hosts two fundraisers: Boudin, Bourbon and Beer, and its primary fundraiser, Carnivale du Vin, which has consistently ranked among the “Top Ten U.S. Charity Wine Auctions” in Wine Spectator magazine. To date, the Foundation has distributed $5.7 million in grants for children’s charities in New Orleans, Las Vegas and on the Gulf Coast.
Lagasse’s restaurant company, Emeril's Homebase, is located in New Orleans and houses restaurant operations, a culinary test kitchen for cookbook and recipe development, and a boutique store for his signature products.

Emeril Lagasse joined the Martha Stewart family of brands in 2008; Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (NYSE: MSO) acquired the assets related to Lagasse’s media and merchandising business, including television programming, cookbooks, the Emerils.com website and his licensed kitchen and food products.


  • 2013 Cooking with Power
  • 2012 Kicked-up Sandwiches: Stacked with Flavor
  • 2011 Sizzling Skillets and Other One-pot Wonders
  • 2010 Farm to Fork Cooking Local, Cooking Fresh
  • 2009 Emeril at the Grill: A Grilling Book for all Seasons
  • 2009 Emeril 20-40-60: Fresh Food Fast
  • 2006 There’s a Chef in My World
  • 2005 Emeril's Delmonico: A Restaurant with a Past
  • 2004 Emeril's Potluck: Comfort Food with a Kicked-Up Attitude
  • 2003 From Emeril's Kitchens: Favorite Recipes from Emeril's Restaurants
  • 2002 Emeril's There's a Chef in My Soup!: Recipes for the Kid in Everyone
  • 2001 Prime Time Emeril
  • 1999 Every Day’s a Party
  • 1998 Emeril’s TV Dinners
  • 1997 Emeril’s Creole Christmas
  • 1996 Louisiana Real and Rustic
  • 1993 Emeril's New New Orleans Cooking (Emeril Lagasse, Jessie Tirsch)



  • 2014-2013 Emeril's Florida (TV Series)
  • 2014-2010 The View (TV Series)
  • 2014-2009 Top Chef (TV Series)
  • 2014-1999 Good Morning America (TV Series)
  • 2014 On the Menu (TV Series)
  • 2014 Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (TV Series)
  • 2013 Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (Documentary)
  • 2013 Sammy Hagar and Friends Annual Cabo Wabo Birthday Bash (TV Movie)
  • 2013 Good Morning America Weekend Edition (TV Series)
  • 2013 Good Day L.A. (TV Series)
  • 2013 Food Network's 20th Birthday Party (TV Movie documentary)
  • 2012-2009 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV Series)
  • 2012 The Chew (TV Series)
  • 2012 Fox and Friends (TV Series)
  • 2011-2010 The Best Thing I Ever Ate (TV Series)
  • 2011-2010 Fresh Food Fast w/Emeril (TV Series)
  • 2011 The Perfect 3 (TV Series)
  • 2011 The Originals w/ Emeril (TV Series)
  • 2011 The Dr. Oz Show (TV Series)
  • 2011 Emeril's Table (TV Series documentary)
  • 2010-2008 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series)
  • 2010-2008 Emeril Green (TV Series)
  • 2010-2004 Live with Kelly and Michael (TV Series)
  • 2010-2001 Emeril Live (TV Series)
  • 2010 The Emeril Lagasse Show (TV Series)
  • 2010 Iron Chef America: The Series (TV Series)
  • 2009 Jon & Kate Plus 8 (TV Series)
  • 2009 Food Network Star (TV Series)
  • 2009 Dreams Come True: A Celebration of Disney Animation (TV Movie documentary)
  • 2009 CenterStage (TV Series documentary)
  • 2008-2007 Martha (TV Series)
  • 2008-1996 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series)
  • 2008 Infanity (TV Series documentary)
  • 2008 Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (TV Series documentary)
  • 2007 Food Network Awards 2007 (TV Special)
  • 2007 At the Table with... (TV Series documentary)
  • 2006 Forbes Celebrity 100: Who Made Bank? (TV Movie)
  • 2006 Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (TV Series)
  • 2005-2004 The Tony Danza Show (TV Series)
  • 2005 The All Star Holiday Party (TV Movie)
  • 2004 The 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (TV Special)
  • 2004 Nick News with Linda Ellerbee (TV Series)
  • 2003 Closeups (TV Series)
  • 2002-1996 The Rosie O'Donnell Show (TV Series)
  • 2001-1997 Late Night with Conan O'Brien (TV Series)
  • 2001 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (TV Series)
  • 2001 Elmo's Magic Cookbook (Video)
  • 2000 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (TV Movie)
  • 1998 The Roseanne Show (TV Series)
  • 1996 Space Ghost Coast to Coast (TV Series)
  • 1996 Essence of Emeril (TV Series)
  • 1993 How to Boil Water (TV Series documentary)


  • 2012 Treme (TV Series) - Emeril Lagasse
  • 2009 The Princess and the Frog - Marlon the Gator (voice)
  • 2006 Last Holiday - Emeril Lagasse
  • 2001-2000 Emeril (TV Series) - Emeril Lagasse
  • 1999 Cosby (TV Series)  - The Former Friend of Bill Cosby
  • 1998 Hercules (TV Series) - King Darius (voice)


  • 2010 Fresh Food Fast w/Emeril (TV Series) (producer)  
  • 2010 The Emeril Lagasse Show (TV Series) (executive producer)
  • 2001 Emeril (TV Series)


  • Emeril Live (TV Series)


  • 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, Taste Awards
  • 2013 Taste Hall of Fame, Taste Awards
  • 2013 Humanitarian of the Year, James Beard Foundation Award, Culinary Hall of Fame Induction
  • 2013 Culinary Hall of Fame Induction
  • 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, The Food Network
  • 2005 Distinguished Service Award, Wine Spectator
  • 2004 Executive of the Year, Restaurants & Institutions magazine
  • 1998 Most Intriguing People of the Year, People magazine
  • 1998 Chef of the Year, GQ magazine
  • 1991 Best Southeast Regional Chef, James Beard Foundation
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