Humanitarian of the Year – Emeril Lagasse Honored by James Beard Foundation

Chef Emeril Lagasse and Chef Mario Batali

Chef Emeril Lagasse, executive chef and owner of four Las Vegas restaurants, was awarded the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year for 2013 Monday night in New York. Lagasse received the award due to his devotion and service through the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which he founded in 2002. To date, the Foundation has granted more than $5.5 million to children’s education and culinary arts programs in New Orleans, Las Vegas, and the Gulf Coast.

Photo: Chef Emeril and longtime friend, chef and restaurant owner Mario Batali, who presented him with his award Monday. Photo Credit: Paul Porter

This esteemed award is given to an individual or organization whose work in the realm of food has improved the lives of others and benefited society at large.

“I’m humbled and honored to receive the Humanitarian Award from the James Beard Foundation,” said Emeril Lagasse. “Over ten years ago, I founded the Emeril Lagasse Foundation with the hope of giving back by exposing young people to the culinary arts-especially those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Over the years we’ve stayed true to our core values of education, mentorship, passion, creativity, self-discipline. I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done, the lives we’ve touched, and I’m deeply grateful to my many friends who have contributed their support along the way. I look forward to continuing on this path for years to come.”

About Chef Emeril Lagasse’s Restaurants: Chef Emeril Lagasse is the chef/proprietor of 13 award-winning restaurants, including three in New Orleans (Emeril’s, NOLA and Emeril’s Delmonico); four in Las Vegas (Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, Delmonico Steakhouse, Table 10 and Lagasse’s Stadium); two in Orlando (Emeril’s Orlando and Emeril’s Tchoup Chop); three in Bethlehem, Pa. (Emeril’s Chop House, Burgers And More by Emeril and Emeril’s Italian Table) and one in Charlotte, N.C. (e2 emeril’s eatery).

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