The food blog world is abuzz over the news that Emeril Lagasse is leaving the Food Network. Well, sort of. The appallingly named Essence of Emeril will continue production, but production on Emeril Live will be discontinued.
Our feelings on this are somewhat mixed. While Emeril has never made us go to an Amanda Hesser place, we’ve never cared for his shows, mostly because the food just doesn’t look very good. Although we’ve heard that his New Orleans restaurants are consistently great, we’ve never been, so we can’t say much for sure. On the other hand, between this and the cancellation of Molto Mario, it seems that the Food Network is slowly forgetting about the chefs who made it what it is today. To our great horror, we’ve found ourself coming around to Rachael Ray, but it still seems rather unjust that she should be the most recognizable Food Network personality. Say what you will about Emeril, but at least he has restaurants. How many other Food Network hosts can say that?
What about you? How do you feel about Emeril’s reduced circumstances? As always, we crave comments.