"My food is Louisiana, New Orleans-based, well-seasoned, rustic. I think it's pretty unique because of my background being influenced by my mom, Portuguese and French Canadian. There's a lot going on there."
"I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead."Emeril Lagasse on Oscar Wilde
"You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans."Emeril Lagasse on Ronald Reagan
"It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available."Emeril Lagasse on Ronald Reagan
"You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."Emeril Lagasse on Yogi Berra
"Beware the hobby that eats."Emeril Lagasse on Benjamin Franklin
"My inspiration was my mom. She's a great cook, and she still cooks, and we still banter back and forth about cooking. Growing up in a mostly Portuguese community, food was important and the family table was extremely important. At a very young age I understood that."
"You know, for 300 years it's been kind of the same. There are restaurants in New Orleans that the menu hasn't changed in 125 years, so how is one going to change or evolve the food?"
"The cool thing is that now that people have made this evolution where cooking is cool, people are doing it on weekends, they're doing their own challenges. It's back to cooking. And it's real cooking."
"I spent a lot of time on farms when I was young. My uncle and my dad owned a big farm."
"You know, in 1975 I couldn't get a job in New York City because I was American. The kitchens were predominantly run by French, Swiss, German, and basically I got laughed at. I had education, I had experience, but got laughed at because I was American."
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