Meril, New Orleans
Wilfredo “Will” Avelar will serve as chef de cuisine at Meril, Chef Emeril Lagasse’s fourth restaurant in New Orleans, slated to open in the Warehouse District, September 24, 2016.
Born in New Orleans, Will spent his childhood in Costa Rica, where his passion for food was cultivated by the many unique flavors and ingredients around him. Will returned to New Orleans for high school, and took his first job in the kitchen at a mom-and-pop Italian restaurant. Knowing he wanted to pursue a career in the restaurant industry, he enrolled at Delgado Community College and earned a degree in Culinary Arts.
With more than 10 years of experience under his belt in Emeril’s restaurants, Will is no stranger to the Lagasse-style of hospitality. In 2005, he accepted a position on the line at Emeril’s Delmonico and quickly climbed the ranks. From line cook, butcher and saucier at Emeril’s Delmonico, to sous chef at NOLA Restaurant and, most recently, executive sous chef at Emeril’s Delmonico, Avelar has experienced nearly every aspect of back-of-house operations for all three of Emeril’s New Orleans outposts.
At Meril, Avelar will bring his own unique flavors inspired by his Costa Rican roots and creativity to supplement his intimate knowledge of Lagasse’s celebrated style and craft.