"I'm working harder than ever now, and I'm putting on my pants the same as I always have. I just get up every day and try to do a little better than the day before, and that is to run a great restaurant with great food, great wine, and great service. That's my philosophy."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Emeril Lagasse on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Emeril Lagasse on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Emeril Lagasse on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Emeril Lagasse on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Emeril Lagasse on Winston Churchill
"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."