Carnival names Emeril Lagasse chief culinary officer

Emeril Lagasse, known for his Creole cooking and his catchphrase “Bam!” on television cooking shows, is the new chief culinary officer at Carnival Cruise Line. 

The celebrity restaurateur will provide Carnival chefs with guidance on food trends and techniques while advising on future menu items and dining concepts. Menus will include his favored entrees labeled “Emeril recommends.”  

The new title is the next step in Carnival’s partnership with Lagasse. He owns restaurants in New Orleans, Las Vegas and Miramar Beach, Fla., and created the concept for Emeril’s Bistro, a restaurant on the Mardi Gras, Carnival Celebration and the Carnival Jubilee when it debuts in December 2023. 

Lagasse has created cooking products, written cookbooks and starred on television cooking shows, including his current program, “Emeril Cooks” which began streaming on Roku in 2022. He was a James Beard Award winner for best chef in 1991 and humanitarian of the year in 2013. 

Carnival’s partnership with Lagasse is one of two with Food Network celebrities. Carnival also works with Guy Fieri, who has hosted “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” along with other programs on The Food Network. The line offers Guy’s Burger Joint on several ships and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse on newer ships joining the fleet.

Lagasse will join Carnival president Christine Duffy in New York for New Year’s Eve to flip the switch on the countdown clock to midnight. The event also serves to recognize the line’s expansion to year-round departures from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on the Carnival Venezia, beginning in June.

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