Chef Lum brings more than 28 years of culinary experience to this position and rejoins the Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House team after initially working at the restaurant from 1998-2000 and 2001-2007.
Lum studied culinary arts at Kapiolani Community College. After working his way up from line cook to sous chef in various restaurants in Hawaii, including Detlef’s, Hanaki Restaurant, La Mer, and Chef Marvo Restaurant, he began working under acclaimed chef and Food Network personality, Emeril Lagasse, as a line cook at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand in 1998. In 2007, Lum moved back to Hawaii and was the chef de cuisine at Tidepools at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa. Most recently he was the executive sous chef at The Club at Kukui’ula, Koloa in Kaua’i, Hawaii.
Growing up in Bakersfield, CA, Mike Jones was a big fan of Chef Emeril Lagasse and credited him as an influence for his career in the restaurant industry. Jones’ first exposure to the industry was as a teenager washing dishes at Narducci’s Cafe. After graduating high school, he continued working at Narducci’s as a cook and was soon promoted to Kitchen Manager. Jones studied Culinary Arts at Bakersfield College and in 2004 moved to Las Vegas to attend Le Cordon Bleu.
Jones has worked at Rosemary’s Restaurant as a server and bartender, for Chef Michael Jordan as an Assistant General Manager, and was a part of the opening team at Morels French Steakhouse and Bistro in the Palazzo. He has worked at Garfield’s as the Beverage Director, at Todd English’s P.U.B as the lead bartender, and was the General Manager of PUB 365 at Tuscany Casino. After leaving Tuscany Casino, Jones took the opportunity with a smaller company to open three locations of Rockin Crawfish.
In 2017 Jones was hired as a dining room manager at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House. In 2018 he transferred to Delmonico Steakhouse as a dining room manager until quickly being promoted to Assistant General Manager. In June of 2021, Jones returned to Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House and was named General Manager.
In his free time, Jones enjoys camping and hiking with his wife, Janina. Janina is a wildlife Biologist, and together they like to travel to places where they can enjoy the great outdoors. Zion and the Duck Creek area of Utah are some of their favorite spots. Jones also enjoys restoring cars and still owns his original 1973 Datsun 240z that he’s had since high school. His family is of Syrian and Irish descent, and cooking together, particularly Syrian food, is their labor of love.
Louis Hamilton is the Sommelier at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House. He is a Level 2 Certified Sommelier and is currently working on his Level 3 Advanced Sommelier Certification. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Hamilton has been working with wine in Las Vegas for nearly 20 years. He has previously worked with Chef Daniel Boulud at the Wynn Resort and for Chef Charlie Palmer at Aureole, Mandalay Bay. Hamilton enjoys traveling to new places to sample the local wine and cheese. Some of his favorite places to visit are France, Canada and Mexico. Hamilton plays tennis and billiards in his free time and is quite the canine lover.
Emeril Lagasse is the chef/proprietor of 10 restaurants, including five in New Orleans (Emeril’s, NOLA, Emeril’s Delmonico, Meril and Emeril’s Table at the MSY Airport); two in Las Vegas (Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House and Delmonico Steakhouse); two at the Wind Creek Bethlehem in Pennsylvania (Emeril’s Chop House and Burgers And More by Emeril); and one in Miramar Beach, Florida (Emeril’s Coastal). His 11th restaurant, and his first restaurant at sea, Emeril’s Bistro 1396 will open on Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras ship set to sail in 2021.
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 notably, 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 five seasons of Bravo’s hit food series, “Top Chef,” and two seasons of “Top Chef Jr”. He was named a co-host on the last three seasons of the “Rachael Ray Show,” and has appeared on the Cooking Channel with five seasons of “Emeril’s Florida.” Lagasse is the bestselling author of 19 cookbooks, the latest titled Essential Emeril: Favorite Recipes and Hard-Won Wisdom from My Life in the Kitchen.
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 $14 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 January 2019, Lagasse launched We Love Food Hospitality, a new consulting division of his culinary empire. We Love Food Hospitality consults with both existing and new concept restaurants on menu development, culinary training, and other restaurant operations.
Lagasse's restaurant company, Emeril's Homebase, is located in New Orleans and houses culinary operations and a test kitchen for recipe development. For more information visit emerilsrestaurants.com.