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Also Known As: Emeril John Lagasse Died:
Born: October 15, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Fall River, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, TV personality, chef, author

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Known as much for the catchphrases "Bam!" and "Kick it up a notch!" as his Creole-infused recipes, celebrity chef supreme Emeril Lagasse became a major feature on the American culinary landscape with massive exposure on cooking shows such as "Essence of Emeril" (Food Network, 1994-2008). After earning his stripes with a stellar run as the executive chef at the renowned New Orleans eatery Commander's Palace, Lagasse opened the first of several astonishingly successful restaurants of his own in 1990. Within a few short years, he parlayed that success into a slew of awards, best-selling cookbooks and his own cooking show, "Essence of Emeril," named after his ubiquitous retail line of seasonings. More television projects and restaurants followed, as did books - over 15 bestsellers, in addition to a line of children's books. Lagasse appeared regularly on virtually every talk show - both daytime and late night - and even enjoyed a regularly featured character based on him on the animated comedy series "Futurama" (FOX, 1999-2003; Comedy Central, 2009- ). His vast empire grew to include lines of cookware, appliances, and apparel, as well as a philanthropic organization he founded in 2002. As the poster child...

Known as much for the catchphrases "Bam!" and "Kick it up a notch!" as his Creole-infused recipes, celebrity chef supreme Emeril Lagasse became a major feature on the American culinary landscape with massive exposure on cooking shows such as "Essence of Emeril" (Food Network, 1994-2008). After earning his stripes with a stellar run as the executive chef at the renowned New Orleans eatery Commander's Palace, Lagasse opened the first of several astonishingly successful restaurants of his own in 1990. Within a few short years, he parlayed that success into a slew of awards, best-selling cookbooks and his own cooking show, "Essence of Emeril," named after his ubiquitous retail line of seasonings. More television projects and restaurants followed, as did books - over 15 bestsellers, in addition to a line of children's books. Lagasse appeared regularly on virtually every talk show - both daytime and late night - and even enjoyed a regularly featured character based on him on the animated comedy series "Futurama" (FOX, 1999-2003; Comedy Central, 2009- ). His vast empire grew to include lines of cookware, appliances, and apparel, as well as a philanthropic organization he founded in 2002. As the poster child for the cooking craze that swept America in the late-1990s, Lagasse's appeal sprang largely from an adventurous, intercontinental approach to comfort food, delivered in an unassuming, fun-loving manner by a natural self-promoter.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Last Holiday (2006)
3.
4.
 Emeril Lagasse: Bam! (2001) Interviewee
5.
6.
 Super Bowl XXXIV (2000) ("Pre-Game Show")
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1990:
Opened "Emeril's", his first restaurant in New Orleans
1992:
Opened "Nola" his second restaurant in New Orleans
1993:
Published first cookbook "New Orleans Cooking"
1993:
Went on first national book tour
1993:
Asked to host a pilot show for cable tv
1994:
Began taping cooking show
1995:
Opened "Emeril's New Orleans Fish House" his third restaurant in Vegas
1996:
Published second cookbook "Louisiana Real and Rustic"
1997:
Began production of "Emeril Live"
1997:
Published third cookbook "Emeril's Creole Christmas"
1998:
Became food correspondent for ABC "Good Morning America"
1998:
Opened "Delmonico Restaurant and Bar" his fourth restaurant in New Orleans
1998:
Published fourth cookbook "Emeril's TV Dinners"
1999:
Opened "Emeril's" his fifth restaurant in Orlando, Florida
1999:
Opened "Delmonico Steakhouse" his sixth restaurant in Vegas
1999:
Published fifth cookbook "Every Day's a Party"
2000:
Cookbooks (published by Harper Collins) reached 2 million mark
2001:
Filmed 1000th show for The Food Network
2001:
Received his own sitcom
2002:
Opened "Tchoup Chop" his seventh restaurant in Orlando, Florida
2002:
Published first kids cookbook "There's a Chef In My Soup"
2002:
Prepared to open eighth restaurant in Atlanta
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Education

Johnson & Wales University: Providence , Rhode Island -

Notes

Emeril's catch phrases are: "Bam!" and "Kick it up a notch!"

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wife:
Elizabeth Lagasse. Divorced; mother of Jessica and Jillian.
wife:
Tari Hohn. Fashion designer. Married in 1989; divorced in 1996.
wife:
Alden Lovelace. Real-estate manager. Married in May 2000; her second marriage.

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father:
John Lagasse. Factory worker. Of French-Canadian and Portuguese descent.
mother:
Hilda Lagasse. Of Portugues descent.
daughter:
Jessica Lagasse. Born c. 1979.
daughter:
Jillian Lagasse. Born c. 1981.
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