Chef Emeril Lagasse Samples Restaurants on Florida’s West Coast on Latest Emeril’s Florida TV Episode

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(Tallahassee, FL) – The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is proud to present this week’s episode of Emeril’s Florida airing on Sunday, February 9, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. EST on the Cooking Channel. In Sunday’s episode titled, “Some West Coast Beach & Waterfront Favorites,” celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse tours some of the area’s best restaurants.

“This episode features some of Florida’s freshest flavors straight from local fisherman and farmers on the West Coast,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “Not only does this episode inform viewers about the hottest spots in the Sunshine State, it entertains them with Emeril in his element, cooking Florida seafood.”

The episode begins at Salt Rock Grill in Indian Shores where Emeril hangs out with owner Frank Chivas and brings in some fresh fish right to their docks. Then Emeril tries some of those freshly caught fish along with steaks and crab legs right off the wood-fire grill.  Over in Hudson, Emeril sits right on the Gulf at Sam’s Beach Bar with owner Sara De La Osa. This longstanding restaurant has the best view for miles and Emeril tries a variety of theirsignature dishes. On Florida’s Nature Coast, Emeril sits down inside and outside at R Beach in Hernando with owner Fred Javidi and wife Susan Santo Cristo. This popular hangout prides itself on its fun atmosphere and quality food. While there, Emeril tries Seafood Bisque, New Bedford Scallops, and other staples on their menu. In the final segment Emeril prepares one of his favorite seafood recipes, Rock Shrimp and Andouille Sausage. The show reruns on Monday, February 10th at 9:30 a.m. EST and Thursday, February 13th at 11:30 a.m. EST.  Please check local listings.

Emeril’s Florida Season Two is a 13-episode series highlighting the Sunshine State through the eyes of Emeril on-location with a focus on food, cooking, events and activities around the state. Throughout the second season, Emeril will be visiting Florida’s top restaurants and resorts. He will also prepare some of his favorite recipes which often will feature some of the best seafood Florida has to offer. The program is sponsored by the FRLA and VISIT FLORIDA. For additional information on the series, including links to previous episodes, please go to the Cooking Channel website here. For a preview of Sunday’s episode, click here.

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