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by Alexis Ann
Emeril Lagasse, the famous restaurant chef, cookbook author and businessman created some of his famous Creole cuisine recipes in the Fox Theatre on Sunday, June 8th. Emeril captured the attention of a full house of food enthusiasts with his cooking demonstration, humor and food preparation tips.
A native New Englander, Emeril grew up in Fall River, MA. His mother, Hilda, was in the audience and it was heartwarming experiencing Emeril’s love for Mom. Emeril’s cooking career started at the young age of ten and included working at a Portuguese bakery in town. Emeril turned down a full scholarship of music at the Conservatory to attend cooking school. By following his instincts, he was guided by the best and became fascinated with Louisiana; the people, the food, the culture. It became part of his life.
Emeril began his show by teaching us how to create a Raspberry Mojito cocktail, followed by salad greens with fried oysters topped with a buttermilk dressing. As he prepared his cuisine he chatted about the Emeril Foundation and one of its programs called Café Reconcile, established to get at risk children off the streets and train them in the hospitality business. Another program at St. Michaels Special School teaches children with learning disabilities how to cook for themselves and prepare for job opportunities. “We all have made contributions for the betterment of children.”
Next, came the Corn Soup topped with chilled shrimp followed by Roasted Halibut with chorizo, clams, and a rouille stew with scallops from New Bedford. While preparing the fresh halibut from Maine, he added “If it smells like fish, go for the lamb!”
Dessert was a Lemon Pudding Cake with strawberry coulisse. What one would give to be among his chosen fans on stage enjoying everything prepared?