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Chef Emeril Lagasse hosts his radio show "Cooking with Emeril," on Martha Stewart Living Radio, at his flagship restaurant Emeril's Restaurant in New Orleans. Chef Emeril opened Emeril's Restaurant 20 years ago on March 26, 1990. (AP Photos/Judi Bottoni)

Emeril going strong 20 years on

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early 20 years after Emeril Lagasse begged, borrowed and scrounged every penny he could to open his own restaurant, the celebrity chef worried it was all slipping away.

Lagasse's 17-year run on the Food Network was over. Hurricane Katrina had caused at least a $1 million loss to his three New Orleans-based restaurants and cut his profits by a third.

But just when things were looking bleakest -- Bam! -- Martha Stewart kicked it up a notch and the 50-year-old Lagasse is back.

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