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Emeril Lagasse Biography

Birth Name:
Emeril John Lagasse III
Birth Place:
Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
Chef, TV host, author, restaurateur

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


  • Mark Lagasse -- Brother
  • Jessica Lagasse -- Daughter
  • Jillian Lagasse -- Daughter
  • Meril Lovelace Lagasse -- Daughter
  • Elizabeth Kief -- Ex-wife
  • Tari Hohn -- Ex-wife
  • Emeril John Lagasse Jr. -- Father
  • Hilda Lagasse -- Mother
  • Delores Lagasse -- Sister
  • Alden Lovelace -- Wife