Originally Posted by Michael in FtW
Anywho ... the big easy is such a great place ... Emeril could never do it justice without having grown up there ... IMHO.
Michael, Emeril didn't grow up there. He's from Rhode Island, of portugese decent. He didn't get to NOLA until he petitioned old lady Brennan, the matriarch of Commander's Palace (and all the other Brennan restaurants, like Palace Cafe on Canal, and Brennan's on Royal, etc), to let him be the executive chef. He followed Paul Prudhomme, a tough act to follow. She wasn't even going to consider him till a mutual friend spoke so highly of him. Once he got to the city, he became like an adopted son because he did the town so right.