Chef Emeril Lagasse’s Children Inherited His Passion for Culinary Arts
Emeril Lagasse, full name Emeril J. Lagasse III, has found tremendous success in the culinary world, and his kids have inherited his passion for food.
The celebrity chef is also the proprietor of 11 restaurants and the author of 19 cookbooks.
Having been bestowed with honors such as ‘Chef of the Year’ by GQ Magazine and ‘Restaurateur of the Year' by New Orleans City Business, he is recognized far and wide for his talents in the kitchen. And his kids are definitely following in his footsteps.
Emeril Lagasse's Children
Lagasse has four kids, three daughters, and a son.
The chef had his two eldest daughters, Jullian Lagasse and Jessi Lagasse Swanson, from his relationship with first wife Elizabeth Kief.
Family Time: Emeril Lagasse with his kids in 2012. (Photo: Instagram)
He went on to marry his second wife Tari Hohn but didn't have children with her.
On May 13, 2000, he married his third and current spouse, Alden Lovelace. From their relationship, the married couple has welcomed two children — a son named Emeril J Lagasse IV (EJ) and a daughter Meril Lovelace Lagasse.
Emeril Lagasse's Kids Passing Legacy to His Kids
Being the children of a celebrity chef apparently has its perks. All of Lagasse’s children have cooked alongside him from an early age.
Along with their natural flair for cooking, this experience has shaped their careers, as they pave their paths in the culinary world.
His daughters, Jullian and Jessie, have started their journey as authors of cookbooks with Gluten-free recipes.
They have written two books together titled The Gluten Free Table and The Lagasse Girls’ Big Flavor, Bold Taste, and No Gluten.
As per their official website, Jessie is married to Steven and has two children with her husband — Jude and John Peter. She and her family live in New Orleans.
Emeril Lagasse with his wife Alden Lovelace and their kids EJ and Meril. (Photo: Instagram)
Lagasse's children from his current marriage are also inclined to the culinary industry. His son EJ is already a chef and can be seen lending his talents to his dad on multiple occasions.
Emeril Lagasse and His Son’s Kitchen Battle
While appearing as guests on Rachael Ray Show, the Lagasse duo faced a 5-ingredient cooking challenge, where they both had to prepare different dishes using the same ingredients.
While the father-son pair prepared their dishes, Rachael Ray congratulated EJ for his first year working as a professional chef in his father’s restaurant.
EJ said he enjoyed taking classic dishes and putting his spin on them when asked about his cooking style. His father added that EJ’s style leaned towards the French way of cooking.
The duo seemed to have a strong bond and a healthy competitive streak, which was a treat to watch, and the dishes they laid out looked ravishing.
EJ has been cooking alongside his old man for various projects, including the Cayman Islands food festival.
He is also on his way to getting a professional degree from Johnson & Wales University and was quite excited to attend the culinary school from fall 2020.
The young chef added that he was looking forward to learning new things and aiming to help bring forth a new generation of cooks.