Season two of “Emeril’s Florida” premiered Sunday, Jan. 5, on the Cooking Channel.This season, South Walton will be featured in nine different segments, with the first to broadcast at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. Two episodes focusing solely on the destination will air at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, and Sunday, March 2.
“South Walton took part in a very unique opportunity to showcase what makes the destination so special,” said Jon Ervin, director of marketing and communications for Walton County Tourist Development Council. “Our area offers a complete vacation experience, in part thanks to some of the most passionate restaurateurs, which of course beachgoers have come to love.”
Nine locations in South Walton welcomed Lagasse to their establishments, including: Havana Beach Bar & Grill at The Pearl in Rosemary Beach, V Seagrove, 723 Whiskey Bravo in Seagrove, Seaside’s Airstream row of fun and funky food trucks, Crust Artisan Bakery in Santa Rosa Beach, the Hilton Sandestin’s Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, Marlin Grill, and The Wine Bar at Grand Boulevard. The Marina at Baytowne Wharf, where Chef Lagasse prepared a fresh catch with Florida Governor Rick Scott in season one, will once again feature fresh-on-the-dock seafood in South Walton.
The Cooking Channel’s first season of "Emeril's Florida" was viewed by an estimated one million U.S. households and was then picked up by Food Network and re-aired last summer to more than 2.5 million more homes.
“A celebrity chef of Emeril’s stature, savoring what makes South Walton a culinary destination is a powerful boost to the local economy,” said Ervin. “Season one was great, and in season two, Chef Lagasse’s enthusiasm for the Florida location he calls home is even more evident.”
For more information about South Walton, please visit www.VisitSouthWalton.com or contact the Visitor’s Center at 800-822-6877.