Emeril Lagasse (of e2 here, and a multitude of restaurants elsewhere) was named the James Beard Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year today. The organization notes his "culinary contributions, contagious enthusiasm, and philanthropic achievements," and "his passionate advocacy for youth." The Emeril Lagasse Foundation supports nonprofits and educational initiatives "that create new opportunities for children" and have varied among communities, creating such things as an outdoor classroom, gardens, a fresh foods cafeteria and a culinary learning center, in New Orleans, Las Vegas and the Gulf Coast.
Lagasse, in addition to his 13 restaurants, is a celebrity chef on TV (from the Food Network to Good Morning America), has several product lines and has written more than a dozen cookbooks.
Tapas to tacos, foie gras to fries, Helen Schwab has written about food in and around Charlotte for more than 20 years. Her related experience includes traveling (pizza in Naples to pizza in New York), waitressing (she understands about tipping from both sides), journalism (a B.S. from Northwestern University), and cooking at home, the less said about which the better.