Chef Emeril John Lagasse Net Worth - Earnings, Income, Salary in 2016 Forbes
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Emeril John Lagasse is an American celebrity cook, restaurateur, TV show host and a philanthropist. Born in 1959, in Massachusetts USA, Lagasse has achieved popularity in the world of cooking and culinary expertise.
He is one of the wealthiest chef in the world, well known for propagating the cuisines known as Cajun and Creole, as well as creating the New Orleans style of cooking. He has appeared ad continues to appear on notable and long-running TV shows such as Emeril Live and Essence of Emeril, where he formulated witty cook phrases such as ‘Kick it up a notch’ and ‘Bam’, making for lively and engaging TV cook shows and episodes.
Raised in Fall River, Massachusetts to French –Canadian Father and a Portuguese mother, Lagasse discovered his talent for cooking while working as teenage attendant in a Portuguese bakery. This talent and attraction propelled him to enroll for culinary studies at the Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School.
From there, this celebrity chef proceeded to the prestigious culinary school, Johnson and Wales, where he graduated with honours, as a chef. His career as a chef kicked off when he became Executive Chef of Commander’s Palace in New Orleans in 1985.
He would serve in that capacity for close to a decade, in which time he brought novelty and innovation to the cuisine offered customers, thereby propelling him to the start of a culinary stardom. Buoyed by the experiences he garnered at the Commander’s Palace, Lagasse ventured off to establish Emeril’s, his first restaurant in 1990, in New Orleans.
From his new base, Lagasse widely propagated the Cajun and Creole pepper based style of cooking, so much so that NASA selected his recipes for her space program, in order to keep alive, the sense of taste of her astronauts in space. At present, Lagasse oversees twelve restaurants spread across areas such as New Orleans, Las Vegas, Pennsylvania and Orlando.
MERCHANDISING, ENDORSEMENTS, TV SHOWS AND CULINARY EMPIRE
Emeril Lagasse has steadily built a vast and profitable business empire, all centered on his passion and expertise: cooking sumptuous meals. In the area of Television, Emeril Lagasse has appeared and continues to appear on a number of TV shows that focus on cooking competitions, expositions and entertainment. His first stint on TV was on the show Great Chefs, in which he appeared in ten episodes.
After participating in numerous other TV programs, Lagasse started his own show for TV, which was dubbed Emeril’s Essence¬- in tribute to a spice by the same name which he formulated for cooking. In 1997, his hit show was re-christened Emeril’s Live, which featured a live audience that viewed his shows every edition.
Lagasse is still into TV show presentation, with his latest offering Emeril’s Florida, having been aired from 2013 till date. In addition to featuring as a judge in a number of cooking competitions such as Top Chef, Iron Chef America and On The Menu, Lagasse has also starred and continues to star in a number of shows unrelated to his profession. They include Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Tournament of Roses Parade, Treme and the Home Shopping Network.
In leveraging on his appeal and influence as a famous international chef, Lagasse has a range of products that are branded after his business image rights. In June 2008, Lagasse sealed a deal with B&G Foods, for the production of grocery products, packaged and bearing his trademark Emeril’s.
The items that can be found in a pack of Emeril’s include pasta sauces and flavours, marinades, salsas, salads and Lagasse’s renowned "Essence" spices. In 2004, Lagasse also signed a deal that put his business name on a mixture of fresh produce, marketed by the Pride of San Juan.
This offering is referred to as Emeril’s Gourmet Produce and it contains food items such as exquisite tomatoes, salads as well as spicy herbs. Lagasse also markets his preferred choices of spices and ingredients, which can be purchased online and at his restaurants and stores.
Lagasse is also in collaboration with a number of firms for the production of kitchen knives and small kitchen utensils and equipment that bear his business name. Over the course of his career, Lagasse has also authored a number of top-rated cookbooks.
They include New New Orleans Cooking ,Louisiana Real and Rustic (1996) Emeril's Creole Christmas (1997) ,Emeril's TV Dinners (1998),Every Day's a Party (1999),Prime Time Emeril (2001),From Emeril's Kitchens: Favorite Recipes from Emeril's Restaurants (2003) to mention but a few.
In addition, Lagasse owns and oversees a total of 13 restaurants in the United States of America. In 2008, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia announced that it had been granted proprietary rights to Lagasse’s rights under the Emeril name, including his cook books, kitchen products line, TV shows less his restaurants and offices. The deal is estimated to have fetched Emeril Lagasse over 50 million USD. Here is all about the net worth of Emeril Lagasse.