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.
Chef de Cuisine
Chef Wade McLamb spent 10-plus years cooking in award-winning restaurants such as the Oceanaire Seafood Room, Rick Erwin’s Nantucket Seafood Room and Vivace prior to joining the Emeril’s family in 2015. Today, he serves as the chef de cuisine at Emeril’s Orlando.
McLamb’s love for cooking and great cuisine was first shaped around his family’s dinner table. He grew up in Raleigh, N.C. watching his grandmother prepare farm-to-table family meals.
“I used to go to the farmers market with my grandmother,” McLamb says. “Upon our return, the two of us would sit on the porch and clean the vegetables we had purchased. Then, she’d bring me into her kitchen and let me cook with her. I bring those fond memories with me into the kitchen each and every day.”
McLamb is hands-on in the kitchen, using only the best-quality local and regional ingredients to drive his seasonal menu and nightly specials.
“We’ll regularly change the menu based on available local ingredients that are in season,” McLamb says. “I’m excited to continue Chef Emeril’s tradition of New Orleans cuisine featuring the great products available here in Florida.”
A seasoned veteran of Emeril Lagasse’s two Orlando restaurants with experience in all facets of front of house operations, Raguso has spent 20+ years in the culinary field. He began his Emeril’s career in 2000 as a busser and was later promoted to server. Nearly three years later, Eddie accepted a management role at Emeril’s Atlanta. In 2004, Raguso re-joined the Orlando team as a floor manager at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop and soon after, was promoted to a manager at Emeril’s Orlando. Today, Raguso serves as the general manager of Emeril's Orlando at Universal CityWalk®. As general manager, Raguso is in charge of all front-of-house operations and team management for the restaurant.
Originally from Charlotte, NC, Eddie graduated from the University of Florida in 1992. Today, Raguso lives with his wife, Lisa and their two girls, Rylan and Avery.