Hometown Friend Who Inspired Emeril Dies At Age 79

by | September 27, 2011 at 4:00 PM | TV News

FALL RIVER, Mass.

A hometown family friend who inspired celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse has died in Massachusetts.

A family member says Ines De Costa died in her sleep in her Fall River home last weekend after spending all day Friday cooking. She was 79.

De Costa’s daughter, Ines Bates, says when Lagasse was a child he used to sit and watch her mother in the kitchen when his family visited the restaurant she owned.

Lagasse included many of De Costa’s recipes in his cookbooks, although she was never afraid to scold him for fiddling with her ingredients.

Lagasse maintained a lifelong relationship with the woman he called his second mother.

De Costa, known as “Vo,” Portuguese for grandmother,  later ran a city athletic club’s kitchen for 33 years.

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