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  • How Martha Stewart saved Emeril Lagasse

    Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse cooked up some springtime vegetable pasta for the gang of Fox & Friends and talked about how Martha Stewart saved him when he needed it the most.

    With a new show, “The Emeril Lagasse Show,” and countless restaurants open nationwide, we forget that Lagasse almost lost it all when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. His Food Network contract was up and his three New Orleans restaurants made him suffer huge financial losses.

    Just when he needed it the most, Martha Stewart came to the rescue. “She showed up at a tough time when I thought the whole ship might be going down,” Lagasse has said. “Basically, what I have now is a business partner.”

    “She’s a great lady, one of the hardest working ladies I know in the business,” Lagasse told Fox & Friends. “She’s incredible.”

    The incredible Ms. Stewart was appropriately the first guest on the chef’s new show, which is a new take on the traditional cooking show. “This is more than cooking,” explained the host. “We have a great house band – Dave Koz – and some great studio musicians.”

    Guests will include celebrities of every caliber including actors and athletes. “We have [NFL star] Eli Manning coming on the show and he brings a few of the big offensive guys with him and they’re massive. They eat about six pounds of meat in a shot.”

    Lagasse has been known as a pioneer for cooking shows as many people try to emulate his work and make similar shows. But he doesn’t mind the copiers, “It’s a nice problem to have,” he said.

    Next up, he would like to work on something that would get viewers even more involved in the cooking. He wants to invent “smell-evision,” he laughs. “I’ve been saying that for years.”

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