For a while now I've been carrying on about the celebrity chef phenomenon — both the good and the bad that come with the elevated status celebrity brings. What's most disturbing is the misguided belief among many young kids who think they can enter the cooking arena and become the next Emeril Lagasse. The chances of that happening are only slightly better than that of a kid hoping to escape his inner city blues by winning an NBA contract. With that said, the Emeril Lagasses of this ...

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