While six degrees once separated Emeril Lagasse from Denny's, a new TNT show will now allow the two to work arm-in-arm.
Lagasse has signed on to co-host — along with home improvement hunk Ty Pennington — a new TNT cooking show called On the Menu. The show will feature everyday cooks vying for the chance to have their dishes served in "major restaurants across the country."
After each restaurant-tied episode, viewers will be able to head to the associated dining establishment to sample the winning dish. The major restaurants included are an interesting mix, including Denny's, Outback Steakhouse, Chili's, California Pizza Kitchen and (yes) Emeril's New Orleans.
The winning dish from the Oct. 31 episode will be featured on Emeril’s menu here in New Orleans, sandwiched between the opportunity to appear on a menu at Planet Hollywood and The Cheesecake Factory.
The show will follow the usual set of dramatic "elimination challenges" with Pennington serving as emcee and Lagasse weighing in with more specific culinary knowledge.
The show premieres Friday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. on TNT.