Article written by Paulina Phan.
Over the past four decades, Emeril Lagasse has become a living food legend. With his effervescent personality, showmanship in the kitchen, and easy-to-follow yet, delicious recipes, Emeril Lagasse has become the household name in regards to celebrity chefs.
With his shows as the cornerstone to his success, Lagasse is back at it yet again with the launch of his newest series, Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse, which can be streamed exclusively on Amazon. The show highlights 25 chefs around the world and their love of cooking, including reunions with Lagasse’s good friends and award-winning chefs; José Andrés, Mario Batali, Danny Bowien, Marcus Samuelsson, Aarón Sánchez and Nancy Silverton.
The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival celebrated the premiere of the chef’s new show along with his lifetime achievement of bringing cooking into America’s homes by showcasing the best chefs in America in Downtown Los Angeles during the Amazon Presents Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse Event where the aroma of food floated majestically through the air.
Destination Luxury was there on the scene to commemorate the special night and experience the culinary adventure of the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival presented by Coastal Luxury Management and founding partners FOOD & WINE and Lexus. Having witnessed and tried Lagasse’s exquisite dining at the Bon Appetit’s Hospitality Uncork’d event and at several Las Vegas foodie events, we were still blown away by his display in Los Angeles. Set on the streets of Grand Avenue in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, twenty-four chefs, including local Los Angeles champions Alvin Cailan of Eggslut and Ramen Champ and Walter Manzke of Republique and Petty Cash, whipped up scrumptious dishes for event attendees.
Other crowd favorites included the delectable tamales that were made on site from Joe’s Stone Crab Miami Beach by Chef Andre Bienvenu. Chef Ryan Denicol of Chi Spacca’s gave Food & Wine event attendees a taste of his delicious and to-die-for Charcuterie Board featuring ‘Nduja Pork Butter with Sicilian Oregano Salame and Pancetta Tesa and Butcher’s Pate. Chef Jason Dady of the Jason Dady Restaurant Groups brought from Texas a taste of Mexican Street Corn Elote presented on a half a lime, packing in many flavors with perfect amounts of acid, creaminess, and spice. Frania Mendivil, Executive Pastry Chef of Patina Restaurant Group, presented an interactive dessert demonstration, letting event goers have a sight and taste of liquid nitrogen candy.
Wine tastings were provided by 58 wineries, including Villa Sandi prosecco from Italy, Champagne Henriot from France, and Adelaida Cellars from Paso Robles. Lucie’s and Small Town Brewery put together a fun ice cream float bar featuring alcoholic root beer floats with vanilla ice cream and ginger ale floats with raspberry sorbet.
Learn more about the LA Food and Wine Festival here.