Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse Dishes On His Favorite Songs For KCRW’s Guest DJ Project This Thanksgiving

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(PCM) Emeril Lagasse, one of the most recognizable chefs in the world, joins host Eric J. Lawrence for the current installment of KCRW’s Guest DJ Project. Lagasse, a regional James Beard Award winner who owns 13 restaurants, and is well known for his Food Network shows Emeril Live and Essence of Emeril, serves up some of his favorite tunes just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday

For Lagasse’s Guest DJ set, he highlights a New Orleans’ legend, expresses the importance of music in his everyday life and work, and shares some songs that simply make him happy. He also reveals a personal connection to one of Billy Joel’s biggest hits, “Piano Man.” “The interesting story is that there’s a character in one of the lyrics of the song [now John at the bar is a friend of mine]… and John used to work for me at Commander’s Palace, way before he was with Billy Joel. But what’s amazing about the song is that it’s, for me, it’s very deep, it’s very personal, there’s a lot in there that says a lot about people and places, and just things going on in life then and things that are going on in life now.”

Emeril Lagasse currently stars in the globetrotting Amazon series “Eat the World.”

Emeril Lagasse Guest DJ Project Tracklist:

1. Piano Man – Billy Joel
2. Vertigo – U2
3. Free – Zac Brown Band
4. Right Now – Van Halen
5. Iko Iko – Dr John

Listen to the episode here.

KCRW’s Guest DJ Project is an online-only production that features an array of cultural luminaries sharing and discussing songs that have inspired and moved them. Past guests on KCRW’s Guest DJ Project include Joe Mantegna, Andy Cohen, D’Angelo Russell, Bruce Campbell, Bill Hader, John Krasinski, Jeff Goldblum, Tilda Swinton, W Kamau Bell, Dr. Neil deGrass Tyson, Daniel Radcliffe, Jamie Lee Curtis, and many more.

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