2/05/2013 12:22:00 PM

James Beard Foundation Names Emeril Lagasse Humanitarian of the Year

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The James Beard Foundation announced this morning that TV star chef Emeril Lagasse is the 2013 recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award. (Cue the "Bams!") Emeril offered the following statement/acceptance speech: "I’m humbled and honored to receive the Humanitarian Award from the James Beard Foundation. Over ten years ago, I founded the Emeril Lagasse Foundation with the hope of giving back by exposing young people to the culinary arts—especially those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Over the years we've stayed true to our core values of education, mentorship, passion, creativity, self-discipline. I'm incredibly proud of the work we've done, the lives we've touched, and I’m deeply grateful to my many friends who have contributed their support along the way. I look forward to continuing on this path for years to come.”

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