Emeril Lagasse is the chef/proprietor of 14 restaurants, including four in New Orleans (Emeril’s, NOLA, Emeril’s Delmonico and Meril); 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). Most recently he opened his 14th restaurant in Miramar Beach, Florida (Emeril’s Coastal Italian).
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. Most recently, Amazon launched an original series featuring Lagasse called Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse. The series received five daytime Emmy nominations and won Outstanding Culinary Program. The series was also a James Beard semifinalist in the category Outstanding Personality of Host. 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 has appeared on the Cooking Channel with five seasons of Emeril’s Florida. He is the bestselling author of 19 cookbooks, the latest, Essential Emeril: Favorite Recipes and Hard-Won Wisdom from My Life in the Kitchen, 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.
In December 2015, Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) acquired the assets related to Emeril Lagasse’s media and merchandising business, including television programming, cookbooks, the Emerils.com website and his licensed kitchen and food products.
Ki Song An
Ki Song An is the General Manager at Emeril’s Coastal Italian, Chef Emeril’s new restaurant on the Emerald Coast. Ki has worked for Emeril’s Restaurants since 1999 when Chef Emeril opened Delmonico Steakhouse in Las Vegas.
Born in South Korea, Ki Song An arrived in the United States with his family at the age of four and settled in Las Vegas, Nevada. Growing up, Ki enjoyed traditional Korean meals with his family, which first sparked his passion for food and hospitality.
While studying at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Ki entered the hospitality industry bussing tables as a way to earn extra money for school working at both the Aladdin Hotel and Casesar’s Palace before joining the Emeril’s team as a busser at Delmonico Steakhouse in 1990.
Ki exceled in the fast paced lifestyle of the restaurant business and quickly climbed the ranks from busser to server to captain. In August 2000, Ki was offered a manager position at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand, rising to the role of Assistant General Manager in 2004.
When Chef Emeril opened Table 10 at The Palazzo, Chef Emeril asked Ki to open as the General Manager. When it came time to look for a General Manager for Chef Emeril’s newest restaurant, Emeril’s Coastal Italian, Chef Emeril called on Ki once again knowing that his positive attitude, love of the hospitality industry and deep knowledge of Emeril’s Restaurants would make him a nature fit.