A bit of 'BAM!': ‘Emeril’s Florida’ to showcase South Walton Sunday

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 03:55 PM.

During his demo there in April he cooked fish and prepared a fresh salad and green beans picked from the school's garden. He also talked about his show with the kids and where his phrase "BAM!" came from. He said it came from taping a lot of shows in one staging and he began inserting "BAM!" to wake up the crew, said Brubaker.

Emeril also embarked on a charter fishing trip from the Baytowne Wharf Marina at Sandestin and cooked up dinner right on the docks. One local segment also featured Florida Governor, Rick Scott. And, he also visited Mac Farms, located in Santa Rosa Beach, to view the locally grown and distributed herbs and vegetables. Many restaurants in the area receive their produce from Mac Farms that utilizes a hydroponic style of farming.

Lagasse, who serves as host and executive producer for the show, will prepare several different dishes and recipes that will be available for the Walton County Tourist Development Council to share on its website. The TDC paid $150,000 for 30 minutes of original content, which took a special meeting of the Board of County Commissioners to approve on Aug. 8, 2012.

Emeril now resides at Sandestin with his family.

“The show is about what this great state offers,” Lagasse has said. “So, it’s not just about cooking, it’s not just restaurants, although that’s a nice chunk of it. But it’s about the beaches, it’s about fishing, it’s about farming, it’s about the agriculture. When people think about Florida, of course, they think about sunshine and how beautiful it is. But they don’t really know the variety, the extent of what is really here. There’s so much here it’s incredible.”

The show is expected to be seen in more than 90 million households all over the United States and in millions more throughout the world. The first of 13 episodes aired this past Sunday highlighting dining and entertainment in Orlando. The Cooking Channel episode featuring South Walton will air on Jan. 13 at 9:30 a.m. It will re-run on Jan. 14 at 9:30 a.m. and Jan. 17 at 11:30 a.m. Future episodes will also feature segments involving South Walton.

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