So, basically we got there at 2pm, and ate with Emeril in the lobby, the caterers cooked a bunch of food from his new cookbook, so a bunch of ribs, chicken wings, sliders, etc. then the show was 3-5, it was a live call in show and we sat in the studio with a few other people.
every commercial break they brought in more beer and food.
Got a pretty bad-assed giftbag with an all-clad emeril pan, the new book, and a few other things.
Emeril is a pretty cool guy, I thought the TV thing was just him being a good TV/acting personality, but he's that enthusiastic and excited even when eating lunch.....and curses like a sailor. Has some pretty good stories too.
I kinda went into the thing with a "pfft, he's just a silly TV chef" kinda like most of the thoughts on this thread.... and came out with a different perception...dude genuinely loves cooking and food, and dude knows a lot about food. and, he curses like a sailor and has some pretty good stories! You'd think the show was "setup" with the calls being phoney and not live...but, they were live, was a pretty simple setup for the show...just 1 producer person and emeril....thats it....calls came in and he picked them up pretty much not knowing what they were going to ask, they weren't really screened.
For all you Top Chef fans Andrea from season 1 sat behind us in the studio as well...
and for all you Howard Stern show fans, Sal, Jason, and Richard joined us for lunch too.