The original bam!-tastic O.G. Food Network veteran, Emeril, just debuted a new show, The Originals with Emeril, on its sister Cooking Channel network. Last night's show may have been a premiere, but there was nothing new-school about it. While everyone else on TV is looking for the new hot restaurant, Emeril is traveling from city to city, focusing on what is still standing and still slinging. The first episode took him to our beautiful city by the bay so, of course, SFoodie was watching.
The episode begins just as you'd expect: bridge shots, Emeril on a cable car, words and phrases like “progressive” and “one of the oldest cities.” Within the first few seconds it becomes clear that we're about more than just sourdough (duh!), leading to the inevitable “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” Cue Emeril: “If you wanna be taken seriously in this town, you gotta be in business for at least a century.” Good to know.