Congratulations to Chef Emeril – named the 2013 Humanitarian of the Year by the prestigious James Beard Foundation! Emeril will accept his award Monday, May 6, at the awards gala in New York City. 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.
“Since Emeril entered the culinary scene more than 20 years ago, he’s become one of America’s best-known chef personalities,” said Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. “But what truly sets Emeril apart is his passionate advocacy for youth. Through his own foundation, Emeril makes an incredible impact in communities where his restaurants operate by supporting key educational initiatives and culinary arts programs that create opportunities for children in need.”
Philanthropy has long been an intrinsic part of Emeril’s culture and philosophy. In 2002, he founded the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations and educational initiatives that create new opportunities for children, especially for those from disadvantaged circumstances. His work is focused within the communities where Emeril’s restaurants operate. The Emeril Lagasse Foundation tailors its efforts to each community; its work has ranged from creating an outdoor classroom, gardens, and fresh foods cafeteria to a culinary learning center. The Emeril Lagasse Foundation has granted $5.5 million to children’s education and culinary arts programs in New Orleans, Las Vegas, and the Gulf Coast.
Thank you, Chef Emeril, for inspiring our hearts, growing our minds and feeding our souls.