I have a couple of incontrovertible truths about TV chefs.
One is that their “real personalities” are different from their “TV personalities.” A great example is Emeril himself, he of the counter-thumping, food-bamming, viewer-assaulting energy on the small screen. But if Emeril’s larger than life on TV, he’s smaller than life in person. I’ve spent time with Emeril, who is an awfully nice man…and a quiet one! He seems humble, soft, a little shy in person. It’s an amazing transformation, but TV chefs always have a story like this.