Emeril Lagasse (born October 15, 1959 in Fall River, Massachusetts) is a chef, restaurateur, television personality, and writer.
Emeril is most well-known for his TV show Emeril Live on the Food Network, one of its highest-rated programs. Lagasse joined Food Network in 1993 with one of its first shows, The Essence of Emeril. The "essence of Emeril" is also the name of a spice blend of his own concoction that he sometimes uses in his cooking.
Emeril is known for his light and jovial hosting style as well as several catchphrases, including "Bam!" and "Kick it up a notch", usually said after or before adding something spicy to a dish (respectively).
Lagasse initially gained fame in the culinary world after opening his first restaurant, "Emeril's Restaurant", in New Orleans in 1990, which was dubbed "Restaurant of the Year" in Esquire magazine of that year. As of November 2003, Emeril Lagasse was the chef/proprietor of nine restaurants when Emeril's Miami Beach opened.
Emeril has written several best-selling cookbooks, including Emeril's New New Orleans Cooking, his first book which was published in 1993, to From Emeril's Kitchen, published in 2003.
Emeril is mainly known for his emphasis on Creole and Cajun cooking styles. Indeed, many of his restaurants are located in New Orleans, Louisiana as well as his corporate office, Emeril's Homebase.
Emeril briefly starred in a self-titled TV sitcom on NBC during the fall 2001 season, but it was canceled after a few episodes and widely panned by critics. Recently he has appeared in Crest toothpaste commercials yelling his trademark "Bam!"
Incidentally, Emeril Lagasse is also an accomplished drummer.