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.
Jeremy was born in the small town of Port Sulphur, Louisiana outside of New Orleans. He started working at Emeril’s original restaurant in the warehouse district in 2004. Jeremy rose from busser to front server with the mentorship of some of the best in the business. He left Emeril’s in 2008 to train under Stephen Starr at Parc Restaurant in Philadelphia for a year. In 2009 he was called back to Emeril’s New Orleans to become a dining room manager. He quickly became involved in the Wine Spectator Grand award-winning wine program and was named Assistant Sommelier. He filled many roles in the historic restaurant before accepting a position as the General Manager of Emeril’s Chop House. He loves the restaurant business and giving people an experience they can’t get anywhere else. He is excited to be in Bethlehem, PA and loves spending his free time with his wife and standard poodles.