BAM! Kimco’s Airport Plaza in Farmingdale, New York welcomed a special guest on June 16th. Emeril Lagasse, celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author stopped by Stew Leonard’s during his recent book tour. Over 1,000 people flocked to the farm fresh grocery store to meet the famous chef. And while a grocery store may seem like an unusual stop for a book tour, the fun, friendly atmosphere of the popular Stew Leonard’s made for the perfect location.

Emeril is best known for his culinary expertise and TV appearances—he has hosted more than 2,000 shows on the Food Network alone. However, he’s also the best-selling author of 19 cookbooks. His newest cookbook, “Essential Emeril: Favorite Recipes and Hard-Won Wisdom from My Life in the Kitchen,” reveals iconic dishes, classic cooking lessons, and personal anecdotes from his life in the kitchen.

Hear what the Kimco team, Stew Leonard, Jr., and Emeril had to say about the book signing event below: