Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse toured South Walton last week during the filming of the second season of “Emeril’s Florida.”

Lagasse made multiple stops to many South Walton favorites to enjoy the cuisine, the people and to experience what makes them so special.

This diverse culinary community will be featured in three future episodes with nine total establishments expected to make the cut. Locations include South Walton’s newest hotspot Havana Beach at The Pearl in Rosemary Beach. The other foodie focuses are V Seagrove, 723 Whiskey Bravo in Seagrove, Seaside’s Airstream row of fun and funky food trucks, Restaurant Fire in South Walton’s latest community addition Gulf Place, Crust Artisan Bakery in Santa Rosa Beach, Sandestin’s Seagars Prime Steaks and Seafood, Marlin Grill and The Wine Bar at Grand Boulevard.

Lagasse visited the establishments to film interviews and tastings at each location. Additional production crews will visit again this fall to capture the beauty and style of South Walton for final production.

The season is scheduled to air in early 2014 featuring 13 restaurants in Northwest Florida, nine of which are located in South Walton. Season one of the series originally aired on the Cooking Channel and is currently being debuted Thursdays on the Food Network, which featured three different South Walton restaurants.

“The Walton County TDC, Visit South Walton, is honored again to sponsor the national program which features many of Florida’s best destinations and culinary leaders,” said Jon Ervin, marketing and communications director for the Walton County Tourist Development Council. “South Walton’s 26 miles of Gulf Coast includes a wealth of award-winning restaurants frequented by its more than 3 million visitors annually and regular locals.”