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WATCH: Emeril Lagasse Opens Up About His Bygone Rock Star Days

Depending on your level of Emeril Lagasse fandom, you may or may not know that, before his culinary star rose, he was a talented high school percussionist who had been accepted at the New England Conservatory of Music.

In a brief Q&A with ABC News about his favorite things, Emeril opened up about his hidden talent and revealed his difficulty in switching life paths.

“When I wanted to become a chef, it was a very tough decision because as a young boy, I was blessed,” he admitted. “I had music talents so I played a lot of music and I actually turned down a music scholarship to pay to go to cooking school.”

Don’t fret, Em. We’re sure someone in New Orleans will let you join their Mardi Gras drumline today. It’s still early!

Check out 6 Things You Didn’t Know About Emeril Lagasse below.

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