Alton, Giada, Rachael: Before They Were Food Network Stars (Slideshow)

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Emeril Lagasse

Emeril Worked in a Portuguese bakery in Massachusetts as a teenager, after which he attended Johnson & Wales University. In 1982 he took over for Paul Prudhomme as head chef at New Orleans’ Commander’s Palace, which won him plenty of local renown and an invitation to guest-host a couple episodes of the Food Network show How to Boil Water. That led to him getting his own show, The Essence of Emeril, and the rest is history. Bam!

Emeril Lagasse