With 12 award-winning restaurants, 19 best-selling cookbooks and 3 James Beard awards under his belt, it may seem like Emeril Lagasse has experienced it all in the culinary world.
But that is not the case, as seen in his new docuseries, Eat the World With Emeril Lagasse, premiering September 2nd on Amazon.
The show follows the celebrity chef as he journeys to various counties (and continents) to discover new cultures and cuisines with fellow chefs: Mario Batali in China, Marcus Samelsson in Sweden, Nancy Silverton in Italy, Aaron Sanchez in Cuba, Danny Bowien in Korea, and Jose Andres in Spain.
So what is what is the craziest thing Lagasse ate during his travels?
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“The most unusual thing was eating reindeer heart for the first time. We did this little taco with lingonberry,” Lagasse, who sampled the “delicious” dish in Stockholm with Samuelsson, tells PEOPLE. The chefs helped prepare the dish in a 60-plus seat restaurant, which operated with a kitchen without electricity. “There were lights [but] everything was done with wood, fire and smoke,” he said. “So I learned this incredible new style.”
Lagasse, who went around the world twice, averaged about five days a country, with a day to travel in between, and he learned a lot along the way. “Each show has a very unique educational perspective, which is important to me,” he says. “My philosophy for the last 30 years or so has been that if you can really understand the culture and understand the people, then you can understand the food.”
Although he loved sampling dishes from other chefs, Lagasse is also happy to be back home cooking for his family.
“The very first thing besides ‘Good Morning’ in my house is ‘What’s for dinner?,'” says Lagasse. “[Yesterday] it was [my son] EJ’s turn to choose what he wanted. He’ll be like, ‘Dad, I’m really in the mood for stir fry tonight. I’m like, ‘Okay. Do you want beef, pork, chicken, shrimp?’ And then I’ll do the shopping.”