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Chef Jose Martinez and his wife, Victoria, with celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse during the September filming of 'Coming to America.' (File photo)
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'Emeril's Florida' premier features Key restaurateur

by: Robin Hartill Managing Editor

The episode of “Emeril’s Florida” that features Maison Blanche chef/owner Jose Martinez will air at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, on the Cooking Channel.

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse filmed a segment for the episode titled “Coming to America” in September at Maison Blanche. Lagasse sampled Martinez’s signature French cuisine with an American twist.
Martinez is one of three Florida chefs who moved to Florida from other countries to be featured on the episode.

Lagasse also filmed a segment for a future episode at Beach Bistro on Holmes Beach.

Also featured in this week’s episode are Hari and Jenneffer Pulapaka’s Cress Restaurant, in DeLand, and chef BT Nguyen, of Restaurant BT in Tampa, along with aspiring chef Guillermo Quezada, a Tampa high school student originally from the Dominican Republic, who was named “Florida’s Top High School Chef” in the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s ProStart Competition in 2013.

“Coming to America” is the season two premier of “Emeril’s Florida.” The episode is scheduled to air again at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, and 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9. All times are EST. Check local listings for more information.

Contact Robin Hartill at [email protected].

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