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
Averriel Thomas has been at the forefront of some of New Orleans’ most prestigious restaurants. He now brings his passion and understanding of the authentic New Orleans Creole traditions to NOLA – Chef Emeril’s eclectic outpost in the historic French Quarter.Thomas began his career in 1980 at the same establishment where Chef Emeril Lagasse made his mark on New Orleans cuisine – the legendary Commander’s Palace. After more than 13 years with Commander’s, Thomas rejoined Lagasse at his flagship restaurant Emeril’s New Orleans as dining room and back-house manager. In 1998, Lagasse acquired Delmonico Restaurant and Bar, and enlisted Thomas to help re-establish ownership, supervise dining room operations and plan memorable events as assistant manager and private party coordinator.In 2000, Thomas assumed the position of General Manager with one of New Orleans’ most well-known chefs, Susan Spicer, at her newest joint venture Herbsaint. In 2003, Thomas joined Smith & Wollensky as General Manager.In June 2009, Thomas rejoined the company as Chef Emeril Lagasse appointed him to oversee all aspects of his Emeril’s French Quarter outpost NOLA Restaurant; the culmination of years of service inside the city’s best fine dining establishments.