- 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.
- E.J. Lagasse — Son
- Tari Hohn — Ex-wife
- Delores Lagasse — Sister
- Emeril John Lagasse Jr. — Father
- Alden Lovelace — Wife
- Elizabeth Kief — Ex-wife
- Jillian Lagasse — Daughter
- Hilda Lagasse — Mother
- Jessica Lagasse — Daughter
- Mark Lagasse — Brother
- Meril Lovelace Lagasse — Daughter
- Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI (BS in Culinary Arts, 1978; HDR, 1990)
- Birth Name: Emeril John Lagasse III
- Birth Place: Fall River, MA
- Profession: Chef, TV host, Author, Restaurateur
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