Our Team

Emeril Lagasse

Emeril Lagasse

Owner

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.

Xolani Dlamini

Xolani Dlamini

Chef de Cuisine

Lani grew up in Jersey City, NJ, moving to East Stroudsburg, PA in 2001. He has been feeding his passion for the Culinary Arts since his first cooking job in New York City at Mainland Restaurant. He obtained his Culinary and Business degree from the New York Restaurant School at The Art Institute. Lani has flourished in several culinary operations here at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Starting at St. James Gate, he was quickly recognized as a star performer. He opened Emeril’s Italian Table as Cook lll and grew professionally through the ranks culminating in his promotion to Chef de Cuisine. Aside from day trips to New York City’s finest restaurants, Lani enjoys all sports and personal fitness.

Gregg Johnson

Gregg Johnson

General Manager

After more than 30 years in the Hospitality industry, Gregg came to Emeril’s Italian Table in May 2014. As General Manager, he is responsible for day-to-day operations leading his team of Managers and Front of House Team Members. Gregg has an A.S. in Culinary Arts and a B.S. in Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. He has extensive experience in the Hospitality Industry which included positions as Executive Chef, Food & Beverage Director, and General Manager. Gregg says he enjoys “sharing my experiences and observing the professional growth of my team.” He also likes “pleasing people with genuine hospitality”. Gregg grew up in Yorktown Heights, NY. He is an avid golfer and enjoys watching his children compete in sports. An intense family man, Gregg resides in Macungie, PA with his wife Kim, son Gregory Jr., and his daughter Meghan.