South Walton will be featured in a new television series hosted by celebrity chef, Emeril Lagasse. Emeril now resides in Northwest Florida with his family and each episode of “Emeril’s Florida” will showcase a different location throughout the Sunshine State.

“The show is about what this great state offers,” Lagasse said. “So it’s not just about cooking, it’s not just restaurants, although that’s a nice chunk of it. But it’s about the beaches, it’s about fishing, it’s about farming, it’s about the agriculture.”

During his time in South Walton, Emeril visited Mac Farms, located in Santa Rosa Beach, to view the locally grown and distributed herbs and vegetables. Many restaurants in the area receive their produce from Mac Farms that utilizes a hydroponic style of farming.

Local restaurants featured in the episode include Fish Out of Water in WaterColor and Bud & Alley’s located in Seaside. Emeril also embarked on a charter fishing trip from the Baytowne Wharf Marina at Sandestin and cooked up dinner right on the docks. Stinky’s Fish Camp welcomed Emeril as well and will be showcased in a separate episode along with a segment featuring Florida Governor, Rick Scott.

“When people think about Florida, of course, they think about sunshine and how beautiful it is.  They don’t really know the variety, the extent of what is really here. There’s so much here it’s incredible,” Lagasse said.

Visit Florida substantially funded the national television series on Food Network’s the Cooking Channel which is seen in over 90 million households all over the United States and in millions more throughout the world. The first of 13 episodes premiered this past Sunday highlighting dining and entertainment in Orlando. The episode featuring South Walton will air on Sunday, January 13 at 10:30 a.m. It will re-run on Monday, January 14 at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday, January 17 at 11:30 a.m.

For more information about South Walton, please visit or contact the Visitor’s Center at (800) 822-6877.