When the cast arrives in New Orleans-- where Mardi Gras season is already underway-- none other than Emeril Lagasse will be guest judging. New Orleans is where Lagasse got his start in the food business, and he still has three restaurants in The Big Easy: NOLA, Emerilís Delmonico and Emerilís New Orleans.
Emeril also has restaurants in Orlando, Miami Beach, and Gulfport, Miss., but the only other city that equals his presence in New Orleans? Las Vegas, where Emeril supervises Delmonico, Table 10 and New Orleans Fishhouse. That's a natural second base of operations for Emeril, as celebrity chefs tend to be attracted to the cutting-edge food scene in Vegas.