Emeril Lagasse focuses on farm-to-table at Orlando restaurants on upcoming Emeril's Florida episode. With stops in Winter Park, College Park and Emeril’s own Tchoup Chop, the show puts Central Florida's culinary scene in the national spotlight.
Emeril’s Florida airs Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2:30 p.m. on the Cooking Channel.
In Sunday’s episode titled, “Orlando Farm-to-Table – Part 2,” celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse continues his farm-to-table focus and visits Chef Brandon McGlamery at Luma on Park in Winter Park.
Then heads to his home turf at Tchoup Chop, the restaurant he owns, at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort. While there, Lagasse highlights the crafted cocktails they serve including six that are unique to the restaurant. He also meets with Gabriel Orozco, the General Manager of Emeril’s Orlando Operations. The two talk about the newest additions to the Tchoup Chop menu including increased sushi offerings and specials made on their new Robata grill, which can reach temperatures of 1000 degrees.
The Greenhouse in Apopka, a farm utilizing tall aeration towers that trickle a specialty blend of nutrient water to the budding plants, is the next stop. The towers can hold thousands of plants with a very high turnover rate, and the farm consistently produces crops of excellent quality making them a great provider for high-end restaurants, primarily in the Orlando area.
To wrap up the episode, Lagasse visits K Restaurant in College Park owned by Chef Kevin Fonzo. Chef Fonzo’s menu is known for its locally sourced ingredients and it changes daily based on availability. Emeril also learns about Chef Fonzo’s volunteer work at the Orlando Junior Academy where he teaches classes and helps the students with their garden. Emeril joins him in his classroom to meet some of his students and then he and Fonzo tour the students’ garden.
The show reruns on Monday, Feb. 17 at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday, Feb. 20 at 11:30 a.m.
Emeril's Florida Season Two is a 13-episode series highlighting the Sunshine State through the eyes of Lagasse on-location with a focus on food, cooking, events and activities around the state.
The series is sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun