aba and red.november,
This was the first time I had ever seen Emeril on TV and, to be honest, I was shocked. A Chef with a live band?? And then, when the "pizzas" are done, he feeds THE BAND first, ignoring his live audience? And yes, I had the same reaction when he was building the "white pizza"... and actually laughed out loud when he opened the oven door! That poor virgin pizza stone, sacrificed to the cheese god! Has Emeril never heard that "less is more"?
I've never studied the art of Chicago Deep Dish, but do you really use the same dough, fry up a whole bunch of stuff (including tomatoes) and just unceremoniously dump it on top of the crust?? I would guess not, but I'm not a famous Chef, so what do I know?
Personally, I was turned off by his whole attitude and demeanor... he just didn't seem serious at all about making a real pizza!
However, I DID learn one thing last night: I WON'T be watching Emeril again. That in itself was a valuable lesson.