Energetic cable television chef from Essence of Emeril whose recipes brought excitement to many an American kitchen.
He discovered his passion for cooking while working in a Portuguese bakery.
He is best known as a Food Network chef and television personality and hosted Emeril Live.
He married his first wife, Elizabeth Kief, in 1978; together, they had four children named Jessica, Meril, Jillian and Emeril IV.
He and Giada De Laurentiis both rose to fame through their appearances on The Food Network.