Emeril Lagasse



  • Birth Name: Emeril John Lagasse III
  • Birth Place: Fall River, MA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/15/1959, Libra
  • Profession: Chef; TV host; author; restaurateur
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Emeril Lagasse Fast Facts:
  • Washed pots and pans in a local Portuguese bakery after school at age 10. In time, he also learned techniques for baking breads and pastries.
  • A talented musician, played percussion in bands and orchestras as a teen and played in a backup band with Aerosmith.
  • Turned down a full scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music to attend culinary school.
  • Was given an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Johnson & Wales University.
  • First restaurant he opened on his own, Emeril's Restaurant, was named Restaurant of the Year by Esquire in 1990.
  • First cooking show was the undercooked How to Boil Water on the Food Network in 1993.
  • Signature saying "Bam!" originated while taping eight half-hour cooking shows per day to keep the camera crew awake, especially after lunch.
  • Established the Emeril Lagasse Foundation in 2002 to highlight educational programs, nutrition and culinary arts for children.
  • Favorite original dish is banana cream pie with banana crust and caramel.
  • Emeril Lagasse Relationships:
  • Delores Lagasse - Sister
  • E.J. Lagasse - Son
  • Jillian Lagasse - Daughter
  • Emeril John Lagasse Jr. - Father
  • Alden Lovelace - Wife
  • Elizabeth Kief - Ex-wife
  • Hilda Lagasse - Mother
  • Jessica Lagasse - Daughter
  • Mark Lagasse - Brother
  • Meril Lovelace Lagasse - Daughter
  • Tari Hohn - Ex-wife
  • College:
  • Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI (BS in Culinary Arts, 1978; HDR, 1990)


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