Emeril is the man when it comes to cooking. I wish I could be in his audience, and sit up front so I get a first taste of the delicious looking meals he puts together! Emeril is popular because he comes off as a regular guy, not a haughty culinary snob. It is very apparent that he loves food and the art of cooking. He explains everything and makes it look like anyone in the viewing audience could make the meals. A lot of cooking shows are stale and some are deadly boring, but Emeril makes it fun.