Emeril Lagasse to share his recipe for success at May Business Forum

Updated: 10:33 a.m., May 3

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. 

He will share the secret recipe for success on the May 11 episode of 21st Century Business Forum. 

The chef’s passion for food was ignited as a young boy growing up in the small town of Fall River. 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 and attended Johnson and Wales University to pursue his dream of becoming a chef.  

After graduating from Johnson and Wales University in 1978, 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. 

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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. The chef is now the chef proprietor of 11 restaurants in New Orleans; Las Vegas; Miramar Beach; 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. 

The 21st Century Business Forum debuted in 2021, featuring a lineup of successful top executives, experts and global thought leaders to share ideas and insights as business executives, entrepreneurs, owners and managers navigate the new year ahead.

It airs on the second Wednesday of each month, interviewing guests in a Q&A format.

The May 21st Century Business Forum is presented by Providence Business News and Johnson and Wales University. Registration is free; sign up here.

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