Emeril Lagasse is the chef/proprietor of 12 restaurants, including three in New Orleans (Emeril’s, NOLA and Emeril’s Delmonico); four in Las Vegas (Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, Delmonico Steakhouse, Table 10 and Lagasse’s Stadium); two in Orlando (Emeril’s Orlando and Emeril’s Tchoup Chop); and three at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Pennsylvania (Emeril’s Fish House, Emeril’s Chop House and Burgers And More by Emeril).
As a national TV personality, he has hosted more than 2,000 shows on the Food Network, and is the food correspondent for ABC's Good Morning America. Lagasse has appeared as a guest judge in four seasons of Bravo’s hit food series, Top Chef, was named a co-host on the 10th season of the Rachael Ray Show, and in January 2016, he entered his fourth season of Emeril’s Florida on the Cooking Channel. Lagasse is the best-selling author of 19 cookbooks, the latest, Essential Emeril: Favorite Recipes and Hard-Won Wisdom from My Life in the Kitchen, was released in October 2015.
In 2002, Lagasse established the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to support children’s educational programs that inspire and mentor young people through the culinary arts, nutrition, healthy eating, and important life skills. To date, the Foundation has distributed $7 million in grants benefitting children’s charities in New Orleans, Las Vegas and on the Gulf Coast. In 2013, Lagasse was named the Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation for his dedicated efforts to further the culinary arts in America, as well as his philanthropic work supporting children’s educational programs through his Foundation.
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, the Emerils.com website and his licensed kitchen and food products.
Lagasse's restaurant company, Emeril's Homebase, is located in New Orleans and houses culinary operations, a test kitchen for recipe development, and a boutique store for his signature products.
Kathy Stoudt was born and raised in Lehigh Valley, PA and is a graduate of Northampton Community College. Originally an early childhood education major, Kathy began waitressing as a way to pay for her college education and never looked back as she found her calling in the food-service industry. Upon graduation, Kathy worked for Satellite Food Service at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in Allentown, PA and then went on to work for a catering company, which she eventually decided to buy. During her time owning her own catering company, Kathy won the Morning Call newspaper’s Reader’s Choice Award for five consecutive years and was honored to serve former President G.W. Bush and several other famous figures. When Sands Bethlehem opened in June of 2009, Kathy couldn’t pass up the opportunity to become Shift Manager of the Market Gourmet Express Food Court. Then, eventually she was promoted to General Manager of Burgers and More by Emeril upon its opening in November of 2009. In her free time, Kathy enjoys spending time with her husband and huskies.