As you may know, Chef Emeril Lagasse, executive chef and owner of Emeril’s and Tchoup Chop restaurants in Orlando, was awarded the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year for 2013 Monday night in New York. Lagasse received the award due to his devotion and service through the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which he founded in 2002. To date, the Foundation has granted more than $5.5 million to children’s education and culinary arts programs in New Orleans, Las Vegas, and the Gulf Coast.
This esteemed award is given to an individual or organization whose work in the realm of food has improved the lives of others and benefited society at large.
“I’m humbled and honored to receive the Humanitarian Award from the James Beard Foundation,” said Emeril Lagasse. “Over ten years ago, I founded the Emeril Lagasse Foundation with the hope of giving back by exposing young people to the culinary arts-especially those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Over the years we’ve stayed true to our core values of education, mentorship, passion, creativity, self-discipline. I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done, the lives we’ve touched, and I’m deeply grateful to my many friends who have contributed their support along the way. I look forward to continuing on this path for years to come.”
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About Emeril Lagasse
Chef Emeril Lagasse is the chef/proprietor of 13 award-winning restaurants in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Orlando, Bethlehem, Penn. and Charlotte, N.C. He is a national TV personality who has hosted more than 2,000 shows on the Food Network, and is the food correspondent for ABC’s Good Morning America, in addition to his shows The Originals with Emeril and Fresh Food Fast which air on the Cooking Channel. His latest show, Emeril’s Florida, aired in early 2013 on the Cooking Channel. Emeril is the best-selling author of 17 cookbooks, including Emeril’s New New Orleans Cooking and his latest,Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches: Stacked with Flavor. 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, andemerils.com website and his licensed kitchen and food products. In September 2002, Emeril established the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to support and encourage culinary arts and education programs for children. To date, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation has donated more than $5.5 million to children’s causes in New Orleans and on the Gulf Coast.
Chef Emeril Lagasse received the Humanitarian of the Year award from the James Beard Foundation May 6 in New York City.
Chef Emeril Lagasse and his wife Alden on the red carpet at the James Beard Foundation Awards May 6.
Chef Emeril and longtime friend, chef and restaurant owner Mario Batali, who presented him with his award Monday.