Our Team

Emeril Lagasse

Emeril Lagasse


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.

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.