110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Cress to be featured on Emeril's new television show
By Pat Andrews
posted Sep 4, 2013 - 7:54:07pm
Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse is beloved of many food enthusiasts, from the at-home-kitchen cook to the professional chef. Famous for the expressions "Bam!" or "Kick it up a notch" as he throws a handful of spice into a pot, Emeril has introduced thousands to Creole and Portuguese cooking on his television show Essence of Emeril.
Lagasse and his film crew visited Cress restaurant in Downtown DeLand Wednesday, Sept. 4, to film a segment for Lagasse's new television show, Emeril's Florida, which airs on the The Cooking Channel. The show's stated purpose is to find the best food in the Sunshine State by visiting Florida's best restaurants and and learning from their chefs.
Cress proprietors Jenneffer and Hari Pulapaka couldn't breathe a word of Emeril's visit in advance, Jenneffer Pulapaka explained. The crew would need quiet for taping.
Emeril and the crew arrived about 1:30 p.m. Sept. 4, and left around four hours later. The large crew filled up the small restaurant, especially its kitchen, Jenneffer Pulapaka said. The experience, however was wonderful.
The crew taped Emeril in the dining room, then in the kitchen with Chef Hari.
"Hari did seven dishes," Jenneffer Pulapaka said. Chef Emeril watched and tasted all of Chef Hari's preparations with gusto.
"We talked about food and wine pairings," and Chef Hari's food concepts, Jenneffer said.
She's the restaurant manager and is in charge of wine selections.
The Cress concept of food is global, fusing foods and tastes from various countries and ethnicities — all with a focus on flavor and freshness. Chef Hari, who's originally from India, grew up eating fresh Indian cuisine, and those tastes appear often.
Cress was named a No. 1 restaurant in the greater Orlando area for 2013 by Zagat, the company that develops restaurant ratings for thousands of top restaurants, city by city.
Chef Hari is also one of 15 chefs from around the county to participate in the James Beard Foundation's Chef's Boot Camp in Louisville, Ken., in May. The camp focused on regional food systems. Chef Hari was a James Beard-Best Chef South nominee in 2011 and 2013, and was also Food & Wine magazine's People's Best New Chef nominee in 2012 and 2013.
Chef Emeril rose to fame as chef at the prestigious Commander's Palace in New Orleans. That success led him to open a number of his own restaurants around the country, including Emeril's Orlando and Emeril's Tchoup Chop in Orlando, along with several successful cooking shows.
Wikipedia states the "Emeril Empire" of media, products and restaurants generates an estimated $150 million a year in revenue.
The Pulapakas were uncertain about the air date of the Cress segment on Emeril's Florida. The Beacon will keep you posted.
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