Emeril John Lagasse (born October 15, 1959) is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author. A regional James Beard Award winner, he is perhaps most notable for his Food Network shows Emeril Live and Essence of Emeril as well as catchphrases such as Kick it up a notch! and Bam! The 'Emeril Empire' of media, products and restaurants generates an estimated US$150 million annually in revenue. Lagasse was born on October 15, 1959, in Fall River, Massachusetts to a Canadian Qubcois father, John, and Portuguese mother, Hilda. He worked in a Portuguese bakery as a teenager where he discovered his talent for cooking and subsequently enrolled in a culinary arts program at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School.
Contributions by Wikipedia2006, Autiger, and Ctdunstan.