Emeril Lagasse now has 1,000 shows for the Food Network and more than 5,000 "Bams!" under his belt -- or, should we say, under his toque.
The celebrity chef taped show No. 1,000 on Friday. It's a special episode of "Emeril Live" that is scheduled to air in April.
The landmark number includes the total number of programs and specials done by Lagasse for the cable network since his first series, "How to Boil Water," aired in 1994.
That same year, he began using his trademark "Bam!" as a way to wake up the camera crew during the long hours of taping "Essence of Emeril," his second series.
To mark the occasion, the Scripps Howard Foundation and Johnson & Wales University, the chef's alma mater, each pledged $50,000 to create a scholarship fund. The scholarship will be awarded to full-time culinary arts students at the Rhode Island school.
"Emeril has touched the lives of millions of people with his warmth, charisma and vitality," said Ken Lowe, president and chief executive of the E.W. Scripps Co., Food Network's parent company. "He especially connected with young people, many of whom view Emeril as their role model and now aspire to make their own mark in the culinary world."