Chef Emeril Lagasse is the chef/proprietor of 13 restaurants, including three in New Orleans (Emeril’s, NOLA and Emeril’s Delmonico); four in Las Vegas (Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, Delmonico Steakhouse, Table 10 and Lagasse’s Stadium); two in Orlando (Emeril’s Orlando and Emeril’s Tchoup Chop); three at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Pennsylvania (Emeril’s Italian Table, Emeril’s Chop House and Burgers And More by Emeril) and one in Charlotte, N.C. (e2 emeril’s eatery).
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.” He is also the host of “Fresh Food Fast” and “The Originals with Emeril” appearing on the Cooking Channel. His latest TV show, “Emeril’s Florida,” began its second season in January 2014 on the Cooking Channel. Lagasse also joined the judges’ table on “Top Chef: New Orleans”—season 11 of Bravo’s hit food series “Top Chef” and will join TNT’s new reality cooking series, “On the Menu,” as Menu Master in fall of 2014.
Lagasse is the best-selling author of 18 cookbooks, including Emeril’s New New Orleans Cooking which introduced his creative take on Creole cuisine. His latest cookbook, Cooking with Power, was released in October 2013.
In 2002, Lagasse 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 donated more than $5.5 million to children’s causes in New Orleans, Las Vegas and on the Gulf Coast. In 2013, Lagasse was named the Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation for his dedicated efforts to further the culinary arts in America, as well as his philanthropic work supporting children’s educational programs through his Foundation.
Lagasse's restaurant company, Emeril's Homebase, is located in New Orleans and houses culinary operations, a test kitchen for recipe development, and a boutique store for his signature products.
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.
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An Allentown, Pa. native, Mace Makowe leads the kitchen at Emeril’s Italian Table, one of renowned chef Emeril Lagasse’s restaurants at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Makowe rejoined Emeril’s team in May 2013 after more than a decade of experience in the culinary arts, working at Michelin star-rated restaurants worldwide. Makowe spent 10 years cooking and working in Europe for several fine dining restaurants, including Restaurant Moo in Barcelona, Spain, under head chef Felip Llufriu. He also previously worked as a sous chef at Emeril’s Chop House during its first year of operation. Makowe earned a special diploma in the Culinary Arts from Northampton County Community College.
A 20-plus-year veteran of the restaurant and hospitality industry, Todd Pasini was named General Manager for Emeril’s Italian Table at the Sands Bethlehem in 2013. As general manager, Pasini is responsible for all front-of-the-house operations for the restaurant, including leading its extensive team of servers, hostesses and reservationists, as well as private party operations. Originally from Detroit, Mich., Pasini began working as a dishwasher at a local restaurant while in middle school. After high school, he moved to New York City, where working at the Italian restaurant Noodle Pudding exposed him to the fine art of Italian cooking and piqued his interest in hospitality. He spent 10 years at the restaurant, eventually serving as its floor manager, before moving to Pennsylvania. Pasini joined the opening team at Emeril’s Chop House in 2009 as a server before being promoted to a shift manager at Emeril’s Italian Table and then back at the Chop House. “I like showing people a good time,” Pasini says about his career. “We don’t just give [our guests] a meal, we give them an entire experience.” Pasini lives in Moore Township with his wife and two young children.