Emeril Lagasse net worth: Emeril Lagasse is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author who has a net worth of $50 million. Emeril Lagasse is probably most famous for his Food Network shows "Emeril Live" and "Essence of Emeril". He is a regional James Beard Award winner, and is well-known for his catchphrases such as "Kick it up a notch!" and "BAM!" His company The "Emeril Empire" of media, products and restaurants generates an estimated US $150 million annually in revenue. He was born in the city of Fall River, Massachusetts, and graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 1978.