Emeril to cook and sign at SouthPark

The man with the bam is coming back to Charlotte. Mega-chef Emeril Lagasse will do a cooking demonstration and book signing today at 5 p.m. in SouthPark for Sur La Table.

Lagasse came to Charlotte briefly in March 2007 to dedicate a teaching kitchen named in his honor at Johnson & Wales University's Charlotte campus. But that visit wasn't open to the public. Lagasse, a JWU alumni, posed for pictures, signed autographs and gave a lecture for culinary students only.

This time, he will demonstrate several recipes – using cookware from his signature product lines – in the mall's center court, then will sign books inside Sur La Table.

The cooking demonstration is free and seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To meet Lagasse in the store, you'll need to buy something from his product lines. You'll get a free copy of the Sur La Table cookbook “Knives Cooks Love,” and you can get it signed.

In addition to his shows on the Food Network and the Fine Living Network, Lagasse is the author of 12 cookbooks and owns restaurants in several cities, including New Orleans and Las Vegas.