Celebrity chef and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse to be featured on next episode of the 21st Century Business Forum

Emeril Lagasse
Emeril Lagasse

Last updated on April 29th, 2022 at 01:03 pm

Emeril Lagasse is one of the most recognizable chefs in the nation. The celebrity restaurateur has built a vast food empire, with a portfolio of media, signature products and restaurants.

Lagasse will share his secret recipe for success on the May episode of the 21st Century Business Forum. The free webcast will air on Wednesday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Click here to register.

Lagasse’s passion for food was ignited as a young boy growing up in Fall River, Massachusetts. As a teenager, he worked at a Portuguese bakery where he mastered the art of bread and pastry baking.

Upon high school graduation, Lagasse turned down a full scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music to pursue his dream of becoming a chef. After graduating from Johnson & Wales University, Lagasse practiced his art in fine restaurants in New York, Boston and Philadelphia until a job offer from Dick and Ella Brennan lured the young chef to New Orleans, where Lagasse helmed the kitchen for nearly eight years at their legendary restaurant, Commander’s Palace.

In 1990, Lagasse set out on his own, opening his flagship, Emeril’s restaurant in New Orleans’ Warehouse District.

Over the past 31 years, Lagasse has opened 21 restaurants across the United States. He is now the chef-proprietor of 11 restaurants in New Orleans; Las Vegas; Miramar Beach, Florida; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras Ship.

Lagasse is the best-selling author of 19 cookbooks. His latest title, Essential Emeril: Favorite Recipes and Hard-Won Wisdom from My Life in the Kitchen, was released in October 2015.

Lagasse’s restaurant company, Emeril’s Homebase, is located in New Orleans and houses restaurant operations, a culinary test kitchen for cookbook and recipe development, and a boutique store for his signature products.

Lagasee will be the latest guest to appear on the 21st Century Business Forum, which debuted in 2021 featuring a lineup of successful top executives, experts, and global thought leaders to share ideas and insights for business executives, entrepreneurs, owners and managers. It airs on the second Wednesday of each month, interviewing guests in a Q&A format.

The 21st Century Business Forum is presented by BizTimes Media and is sponsored by Johnson Financial Group. Registration is free; sign up at www.biztimes.com/businessforum.


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