Emeril Lagasse is the chef/proprietor of 12 restaurants, including four in New Orleans (Emeril’s, NOLA, Emeril’s Delmonico and Meril); three in Las Vegas (Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, Delmonico Steakhouse, and Lagasse’s Stadium); one in Orlando (Emeril’s Orlando); one in Miramar Beach (Emeril's Coastal Italian), 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 2017, he entered his fifth season of Emeril’s Florida on the Cooking Channel. In September 2016, Amazon launched an original series featuring Lagasse called Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse. 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.
Chef de Cuisine
Anthony Scanio has a “love affair,” as he terms it, with New Orleans. A New Orleans native, Scanio has been immersed in the city's culture and cuisine. In fact, his earliest childhood memory is uniquely New Orleans: Riding down Canal Street—in a high chair—during the Elks Orleans parade on Mardi Gras day in 1973.
Scanio infuses these New Orleans experiences, coupled with his world travels and love of history, into the creole-inspired food he creates for Emeril's Delmonico restaurant in the Lower Garden District.
Scanio didn't begin his culinary career until he was in his late '20s, when he decided to shift his career path from English teacher to chef, enrolling in Delgado Community College's culinary arts program in New Orleans. He cut his chops in the industry at New Orleans restaurants Café Indo followed by Herbsaint, where he studied under James Beard award-winning chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski. He and his wife then moved to Italy, where he spent about a year studying the country's cuisine and staging in Rome.
Scanio joined the Emeril's family at Delmonico in 2005 as a line cook. Following Hurricane Katrina, he moved to Emeril's Orlando before returning to Delmonico as sous chef in 2006. He was promoted to executive sous chef in 2009. Today, he leads the kitchen at Delmonico and oversees all facets of its culinary operations, from sourcing products, to managing the restaurant's in-house dry-aging program for beef, duck and charcuterie, to working with local farmers, and crafting ambitious nightly tasting menus for guests at his kitchen table.
Scanio's vision and flavor for Delmonico is expressed through his creole heritage and fresh, clean, ingredient-based approach to cooking. He's returning to the roots of creole cooking—homey, approachable, fresh and diverse—and including ingredients and techniques that have been long forgotten to reinterpret the dishes for today's tastes, keeping in tradition with Chef Emeril's signature “new New Orleans” cuisine.