The Emeril Lagasse Foundation

New Orleans, LA

Established in 2002, Emeril Lagasse Foundation supports non-profit organizations that provide educational programs, life skills development, culinary training and cultural enrichment, creating opportunities in the communities where Emeril’s restaurants operate.

The foundation has helped major capital projects at Edible Schoolyard at Green Charter School, St. Michael Special School and Café Reconcile. It also supports afterschool and summer programs throughout New Orleans. As of 2010, Emeril Lagasse Foundation has given $3.2 million to culinary, nutrition, garden, arts and life skills programs in New Orleans and Gulf Coast.

Through innovative partnerships, programs and special events, along with support from corporate and individual donations, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation embraces a unique opportunity to enrich the lives of many young people through the creative art of cooking so that they may look towards a future of creativity, opportunity and hope.

Chef Emeril personally contributes his time, passion, and resource to the Foundation, and is able to directly reach the hearts and minds of young people through participating in Foundation sponsored outreach programs, special projects and signature Foundation events.

Based on the core values of the hospitality business - education, mentorship, passion, creativity, self-discipline, and pride - the Foundation will leave a legacy for future chefs to be inspired for years to come.