One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment would like to offer a hearty handshake to chef Emeril Lagasse – celebrity chef, accomplished culinary wizard, and now, the James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year. Lagassee will receive the honor at the foundation’s annual culinary awards festival in New York City on May 6th.
The James Beard Foundation selected Lagasse for his creation of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, a charitable organization that since 2002 has granted $5.3 million to children’s education and culinary arts programs.
Lagasse released this statement thanking the foundation:
“I’m humbled and honored to receive the Humanitarian Award from the James Beard Foundation,” said Emeril Lagasse. “Over ten years ago, I founded the Emeril Lagasse Foundation with the hope of giving back by exposing young people to the culinary arts—especially those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Over the years we’ve stayed true to our core values of education, mentorship, passion, creativity, self-discipline. I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done, the lives we’ve touched, and I’m deeply grateful to my many friends who have contributed their support along the way. I look forward to continuing on this path for years to come.”
Lagasse is the 11th person to be named the James Beard Humanitarian of the Year. Past recipients include environmental writer Frances Moore Lappe and restaurateur Art Smith.
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