Chef, restaurateur, TV personality and author Emeril Lagasse reveals the secret recipe for success at the 21st Century Business Forum on May 11

Emeril Lagasse is one of the country’s best-known chefs. The famous restaurateur has built a vast food empire, with a portfolio of media, signature products and restaurants.

He shares his secret recipe for success on the 21st Century Business Forum on the May episode of the 21st Century Business Forum. Register here.

The chef’s passion for food was ignited as a young boy growing up in the small town of Fall River, Massachusetts. As a teenager, he worked in a Portuguese bakery where he mastered the art of baking and pastry making. After graduating from high school, Lagasse turned down a full scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music to pursue his dream of becoming a conductor.

After graduating from Johnson and Wales University, Lagasse practiced his craft in fine restaurants in New York, Boston and Philadelphia until a job offer from Dick and Ella Brennan lured the young chef to New Orleans, where Lagasse led the kitchen for nearly eight years at their legendary restaurant, Commander’s Palace.

In 1990, Lagasse struck out on his own, opening his flagship restaurant, Emeril’s Restaurant, in the warehouse district of New Orleans. Over the past 31 years, Lagasse has opened 21 restaurants across the United States. The chef is now the chef-owner of 11 restaurants in New Orleans; Vegas; Miramar Beach; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras ship.

Lagasse is the bestselling author of 19 cookbooks. His last title, Essential Emeril: favorite recipes and hard-earned wisdom from my life in the kitchenwas released in October 2015. Lagasse’s catering company, Emeril’s Homebase, is located in New Orleans and is home to catering operations, a culinary test kitchen for cookbook and recipe development, and a boutique for its flagship products.

The 21st Century Business Forum debuted in 2021, featuring a roster of top executives, experts and successful global thought leaders to share thoughts and ideas as business leaders, entrepreneurs, owners and managers navigate the new year ahead. It airs the second Wednesday of every month, interviewing guests in a Q&A format.

The 21st Century Business Forum is presented by Baton Rouge Business Report and is sponsored by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library and Home Bank. Registration is free; register here.

Karl M. Bailey