2013 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Emeril Lagasse

This award is given to an individual or organization working in the realm of food who has given selflessly and worked tirelessly to better the lives of others and society at large.

 

Critically acclaimed for his interpretation of Creole and Cajun cuisine and nationally adored as an enthusiastic TV personality, Emeril Lagasse first kicked American cuisine up a notch at Emeril’s Restaurant in New Orleans three decades ago. Since then he has opened 12 additional restaurants, published 17 cookbooks, seen his catchphrases work their way into the vernacular, and extended his brand with kitchen and food products. While his empire grew, the JBF Award–winning chef also applied the values that lie at the heart of the hospitality industry to his philanthropic mission: youth advocacy in the communities where his restaurants operate.

 

“Inspire, mentor, enable” declares the tagline for the Emeril Lagasse Foundation (ELF), which has raised $5.3 million for children’s education and culinary arts programs in... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Emeril Lagasse to Receive 2013 Humanitarian of the Year Award

The James Beard Foundation has named Emeril Lagasse as the recipient of its 2013 Humanitarian of the Year Award

 

The James Beard Foundation has named Emeril Lagasse as the recipient of its 2013 Humanitarian of the Year Award. In 2002 Lagasse founded the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations and educational initiatives that create new opportunities for children, especially for those from disadvantaged circumstances. His charity work is focused within the communities where his restaurants operate, tailoring its efforts to each location. The Foundation's accomplishments range from the creation of fresh foods cafeterias to establishing culinary learning centers.

 

Lagasse will accept the award at the James Beard Awards ceremony on Monday, May 6.

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Chefs & Champagne® New York in Video!

Two weeks ago we showed you Chefs & Champagne® New York in photos. Now we have three clips from various media outlets that reported from the bubbly-soaked scene. Watch them all below:   Here's Stephen Fried for Hamptons and Gotham magazines:

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Chefs & Champagne® New York in Photos

Here are some lovely images of Saturday's Chefs & Champagne from our talented (and heat-braving) photographers. (Click on thumbnails for larger versions.) [gallery orderby="ID"]

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Emeril's Favorites Contest: Day Five

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We've arrived at the final day of our Emeril's Favorites Contest! We're giving you one more opportunity to answer a question about Emeril's favorite things for a chance to win a Emeril™ by T-fal® slow cooker! Here's today's question: what is Emeril's favorite pastime?  Leave your answer in the comments section below. We will continue accepting responses to all contest questions, which you can find here, through the end of today. Good luck! We hope to see you at tomorrow's Chefs & Champagne® New York,

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Emeril's Favorites Contest: Day Three

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We've arrived at day three of our Emeril's Favorites contest! In anticipation of this Saturday's Chefs & Champagne® New York and its honoree, JBF Award winner Emeril Lagasse, we're giving away a Emeril™ by T-fal® slow cooker! If you correctly answer any of this week's questions about Emeril's favorite things, you'll have a chance to win. Answers will only be accepted in the comments section of this blog. You can see Monday's question

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Emeril's Favorites Contest: Day Two

The tent at JBF's Chefs & Champagne. With Saturday's Chefs & Champagne now mere days away, we're celebrating by giving away an Emeril™ by T-fal® slow cooker! In case you missed yesterday's full rundown of the contest, here's the deal: we'll be asking a different question about the event's honoree, Emeril Lagasse, each day of this week. If you correctly answer any of the five questions in our comments section, you'll be eligible to win! Here's today's question: where does Emeril like to travel abroad?

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Recipe: Emeril Lagasse's Shrimp Rémoulade

Classic Creole Shrimp Rémoulade Like so many dishes that belong to the steamy and soulful cuisine of New Orleans, shrimp rémoulade can vary from kitchen to kitchen, with different cooks staying steadfast in their faith to their own tried-and-true preparations. In this piquant version from Emeril Lagasse, the classic condiment gets kicked up a notch with the additions of paprika, cayenne, and Worcestershire sauce. Get the recipe here, or taste it straight from Emeril himself at this Saturday's Chefs & Champagne® New York.

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Emeril's Favorites Contest: Enter to Win an Emeril™ by T-fal® Slow Cooker!

Emeril Lagasse It’s time to pull the tents out of storage and polish our Champagne flutes—Chefs & Champagne® New York is almost here! Chefs & Champagne New York, the James Beard Foundation’s annual summer tasting party in the Hamptons, features flowing bubbly, the wines of Wölffer Estate Vineyard, and culinary offerings from a select group of more than 30 fine chefs, many from JBF Award–winning restaurants. There will also be a silent auction of fantastic culinary and travel packages to raise money for JBF (we're already accepting bids online!), and the 2011 recipient of the Christian Wölffer Scholarship for wine and food studies will be announced as well. This year’s event will honor the great Emeril Lagasse, a beloved chef who made cooking fun with his popular TV show

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