Chef Emeril Lagasse Showcases South Florida Favorites on Latest Emeril’s Florida

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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, March 30, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. EST on the Cooking Channel. In Sunday’s episode titled, “Some South Florida Beach & Waterfront Favorites,” celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse visits some of the best restaurants in the area.

“South Florida is known for its unique flare, and the flavors cooked by local restaurants are truly exclusive,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “This episode is especially enjoyable because it showcases Chef Emeril in his element cooking fresh Florida seafood. We are hopeful viewers are inspired to visit these distinctive locales and get a taste for themselves.”

Chef Emeril begins the episode with Bryce Statham and Baron Skorish of Blue Moon Fish Company in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. The longtime pals started the upscale waterfront restaurant back in 1996. Both chefs chat with Emeril and serve him Octopus, fresh ceviche, pork belly summer rolls, and snapper while boats cruise the Intercoastal behind them.

Next, Emeril heads to JB’s on the Beach and talks with General Manager Scott Moen about the restaurant scene in Deerfield Beach. Out on the beachside patio Emeril and Executive Chef Michael Hrabovsky try some of JB’s specialties including ceviche, local fish, and more. The restaurant is also known for its signature cocktails – mojitos and frozen daiquiris – and the beach volleyball that’s played right in front of the restaurant.

Then Emeril visits Red Fish Grill in Miami to spend time with managing Partner Chris Klaic and Executive Chef Greg True about their truly unique waterfront spot. This early 1900’s coral building sits right on the coast in Matheson Hammock Park on their own lagoon. There, Emeril samples some of their signature dishes.

Florida seafood is a focus in this episode and Emeril wraps it up by cooking his own recipe for Spanish Style Royal Red Shrimp.  The show reruns on Monday, March 31st at 9:30 a.m. EST and Thursday, April 3rd 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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