One of the Coast’s favorite chefs is returning to TV with a six-episode run on Amazon Prime.
“Eat The World With Emeril Lagasse” is an original series that follows Lagasse as he joins other chefs like Mario Batali and Marcus Samuelsson as they travel the globe, seeking out dishes in locales such as China and Sweden.
The show made its debut on Sept. 2.
Some critics claim “Eat the World” has more in common with Jiro Ono’s (“Jiro Dreams of Sushi”) “Chef’s Table,” which is available for streaming on Netflix, than “foodalogue” shows by Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern. “Eat the World” is about people celebrating their passion for food instead of hitting the hot spots in the different regions.
In the series first episode, Lagasse's joins Samuelsson in Sweden where the discuss the joys of the new Nordic cuisine for which Samuelsson is famous.
They make “Swedish tacos” or flatbreads topped with smoked reindeer heart and fried moss and lingonberries and wood-fired lobster rubbed in lard, topped with smoked hay and kohlrabi and dusted with fennel pollen.
And although the first episode focuses on the exquisite, there’s a shot where a food vendor inflates a lamb’s lung with his mouth that makes for some pretty awesome TV. To use Emeril’s old catchphrase, “Bam!”
I’m actually looking forward to binge-watching the series.
South Mississippi connection
Lagasse may be one of New Orleans’ most famous chefs, but he also has some strong ties to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He opened Emeril’s Gulf Coast Fish House in the Island View Casino in Gulfport. The restaurant closed in May 2010.
His wife, Alden Lovelace, is a Gulfport native and a graduate of Gulfport High School. Her parents, Kent and Cherie Lovelace still live here.
She also attended Ole Miss. There’s probably no question who she will be pulling for when Ole Miss hosts the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday in Oxford. In case you were wondering, that’s how the school got Chef Lagasse to do its traditional “Are You Ready” before a home game a few years ago.
The Lagasses also owned a home in the Pass at one time.
“Eat the World” is the second Amazon Prime show with a Pass Christian connection to debut in September. Former Pass resident Tig Notaro’s “One Mississippi” is also available for streaming on Amazon Prime.