Emeril Lagasse dishes on the origin of 'Bam' and his uptown restaurant

Emeril Lagasse dishes on the origin of 'Bam' and his uptown restaurant

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on May 8, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 8:18 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One of the most well known celebrity chef's is in Charlotte.

If you know anything about Emeril Lagasse, you know his catch phrase.

“Bam!” he said Wednesday night at his uptown restaurant, e2.  “Well it’s kind of expected.  If you don’t say 'bam,' then they’re disappointed.  They want their money back.  So every now and then I gotta just slide one in and go, 'Bam!'  Then they're happy.”

The 20-year veteran of the Food Network is in Charlotte helping Belk celebrate their 125th anniversary demonstrating his cookware.

“That’s the whole thing about what I do is try to eliminate the intimidation factor to get people to want to cook and get excited about food,” he said.

He knows Charlotte well, often stopping in at his uptown restaurant.

“You know, Charlotte is very cosmopolitan but at the same time also very southern so it’s been a learning process for us," he said.

Emeril said they're changing things up while sticking to his signature New Orleans flavor.

And he let NBC Charlotte in on the origin of that signature phrase.  It comes from the early days, when he would tape eight shows a day.

“It was just me out there and so 'bam' came because I had to wake everybody up because we had another four shows to do. So bam!”

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