Emeril Lagasse used his personality, inventive nature and talent for cooking to create a culinary career that exceeded beyond his wildest expectations. He has the world at his fingertips and could easily retire at any moment, but it is his love for life and people who really give the fuel that drives Lagasse’s existence.
He won the Humanitarian of the Year award from the James Beard Foundation earlier this year. The reasons that Lagasse was selected are many. It is obvious that Emeril Lagasse gives back to many charities and supports his local community. Even more noteworthy is the fact that the Emeril Lagasse Foundation has provided more than $5 million dollars to kids living in New Orléans, the Gulf Coast region and Las Vegas. This money has been granted to needy people who want to further their education through a variety of culinary programs.
The goal of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation is to offer young people of all ages the chance to explore the opportunities that are available in the food industry. Emeril believes that the mentoring, discipline, creativity and education that his culinary programs offer will help transform the lives of many children by offering them better choices, better advantages and better life options.
He hopes that his own inspirational life story will be an example that success is possible, no matter what your present situation and circumstances may be. Lagasse will also have an active role on Food Network’s 20th Anniversary Celebration where he will use his platform to let more people know about the work that his Foundation is planning for the upcoming year.