20 Things You Didn’t Know About Emeril

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  • Emeril was born on October 15, 1959 in Fall River, Massachusetts, making him 53 years old. BAM! (Photo: facebook.com)
  • Growing up, Emeril was a talented musician. He passed up a full scholarship to
the New England Conservatory of Music to become a chef—studying at Johnson & Wales University. (Photo: zimbio.com)
  • Emeril's first gig as a teen was making bread at a Portuguese bakery. (Photo: blog.gourmetfoodclubs.com)
  • Emeril is now the chef-proprietor of a whopping 13 restaurants with locations in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Orlando, Charlotte, and Bethlehem, PA. (Photo: restaurantequipmenttogo.com)
  • The man has 17 bestselling cookbooks. (Photo: gourmetfood.about.com)
  • Emeril became the chef at Commander's Palace in New Orleans in 1982. He was 30-years-old. (photo: commanderspalace.com)
  • He opened his first restaurant, Emeril's, in New Orleans back in 1990 (photo: philipgould.com)
  • One year later, Emeril was awarded the title Best Southeast Regional Chef by the James Beard Foundation (Photo: hauteliving.com)
  • Emeril has been at the Food Network since it's introduction in 1993. He is considered "a cornerstone of the network." (photo; poptower.com)
  • He has hosted more than 2,000 shows on the Food Network and is also the food correspondent for ABC’s "Good Morning America." (photo: foodnetworkcom)
  • "Essence of Emeril" launched on the Food Network in 1995. It was the chef's first hit. His two previous programs (How to Boil Water and Emeril & Friends) were failures. (photo: foodnetwork.com)
  • The last episode of "Emeril Live" was filmed on Dec 11, 2007. Bye bye Bam. (photo: tvguide.com)
  • In 1998 The New York Times named Emeril "the most influential cook on television." At that time, "Emeril Live! was the Food Networks most popular show. (photo: muppet.wikia.com)
  • Emeril's favorite snack is potato chips. He especially like Zapp's originals eaten after spending time in the freezer. (photo: facebook.com)
  • Emeril joined the ranks of judges on "Top Chef" in 2011, appearing for all of season nine. (photo: nbcbayarea.com)
  • Emeril had a cameo on the HBO series "Treme." He's kind of a badass, and even drops the f-bomb. Watch via Eater. (photo: hitfix.com)
  • If Emeril could only have one thing in his fridge it would be wine, wine, and more wine. (photo: nwi.com)
  • Emeril is most known for his catchphrases, "BAM" and "Kick it up a notch!" He says they developed through his seasoning habits. (photo: ew.com)
  • Emeril really is the king of O.G. essence. (photo: .cooking.com)
  • Emeril won the James Beard Award for Humanitarian of the Year in 2013. The Emeril Lagasse Foundation has granted over $5.3 million to children’s education and culinary arts programs in New Orleans, Las Vegas, and the Gulf Coast. (photo: huffingtonpost.com)

Chew on this: Emeril Lagasse is a massively under-credited chef. He was once at the center of food TV jabs, with his cooking accolades ignored by critics. While the hating on the chef as celebrity movement has some merit, dismissing Fall River’s favored son doesn’t add up. The man was named Humanitarian of the Year just this past February by the James Bear Foundation for crying out loud. Not only is he an all-over good dude, but the man can really cook too!

Whether all the Bam! business put you over the edge or not, when Emeril started at the Food Network back in 1993, food TV didn’t cop to all the glitz and glam that is does today. It was a time of Ming Tsai and Batali cooking for their buddies. It was actually kind of awesome and all about cooking (channel a time when MTV actually played music videos and you’ll get the picture). The point is, Emeril is a chef, an entrepreneur, a multiple business owner, a brand, and a philanthropist. We’re tipping our hats to the big guy, and you should too.

Here are 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Emeril.

  • Butch

    He was 30 in 1982. Who taught you math, Obama?

  • Please check your facts

    If Emeril was born in 1952, and he became chef at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans in 1982, he was 30 years old, not 24 years old.

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