The Emeril Lagasse Foundation seeks to inspire, mentor
and enable all young people, especially those from
disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full
potential as productive and creative individuals. The
foundation supports and encourages programs creating
developmental and educational opportunities for children
within communities where Emeril's restaurants operate.
The Emeril Lagasse Foundation was established in 2002,
and is the realization of Chef Emeril's dream to improve
the quality of young people’s lives. Continuing its work
in the New Orleans and Gulf Coast areas since January
2006, ELF has granted children’s charities with over
$1.5 million in funding to assist in improving
education, life skills development, hospitality and
culinary training and cultural enrichment.