Kathy Stoudt was born and raised in Lehigh Valley, PA and is a graduate of Northampton Community College. Originally an early childhood education major, Kathy began waitressing as a way to pay for her college education and never looked back as she found her calling in the food-service industry. Upon graduation, Kathy worked for Satellite Food Service at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in Allentown, PA and then went on to work for a catering company, which she eventually decided to buy. During her time owning her own catering company, Kathy won the Morning Call newspaper’s Reader’s Choice Award for five consecutive years and was honored to serve former President G.W. Bush and several other famous figures. When Sands Bethlehem opened in June of 2009, Kathy couldn’t pass up the opportunity to become Shift Manager of the Market Gourmet Express Food Court. Then, eventually she was promoted to General Manager of Burgers and More by Emeril upon its opening in November of 2009. In her free time, Kathy enjoys spending time with her husband and huskies.
Chef Emeril Lagasse is the chef/proprietor of 12 restaurants in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Orlando and Bethlehem, Pa. 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.” In 2014, Lagasse participated in his third consecutive season as a main guest chef in Bravo’s hit food series, “Top Chef,” and joined TNT as co-host for their cooking series, On the Menu. Most recently, “Emeril’s Florida” entered its third season in January 2015 on the Cooking Channel.
Lagasse is the best-selling author of 18 cookbooks, with his 19th, Essential Emeril, slated to release in October 2015. Emeril Lagasse joined the Martha Stewart family of brands in 2008; Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (NYSE: MSO) acquired the assets related to Emeril’s media and merchandising business, including television programming, cookbooks, the emerils.com website and his licensed kitchen and food products.
In 2002, Emeril established the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to support children’s educational programs that inspire and mentor young people through the culinary arts, nutrition, healthy eating, and important life skills. 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. For his philanthropic efforts, Emeril was named the 2013 Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation.