With Martha's help Emeril going strong 20 years on

Chef Emeril Lagasse is seen at his flagship restaurant Emeril's Restaurant in New Orleans, Thursday, March 25, 2010. Emeril opened Emeril's Restaurant twenty years ago on March 26, 1990. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, the New York-based media and merchandising company founded by the domesticity maven, in 2008 bought the rights to Lagasse's franchise of cookbooks, television shows and kitchen products from him for $45 million in cash and $5 million in stock. The final price could rise to up to $70 million. (AP Photo/Judi Bottoni)

April 19, 2010 9:41:36 AM PDT
Nearly 20 years after Emeril Lagasse begged, borrowed and scrounged every penny he could to open his own restaurant, the celebrity chef worried it was all slipping away.