When her son EJ graduated from high school in 2020, Lagasse said People that the 17-year-old intended to follow in his father’s footsteps by attending the culinary school at Johnson & Wales University. Well, according to a recent instagram post, EJ’s hard work paid off. Smiling broadly with a mortarboard perched on his head and clutching his hard-earned diploma, the photo of the recent J&W Providence graduate comes with his dad’s message, “What a day to celebrate EJ’s graduation.” The inclusion of the “ProudDad” hashtag says it all.

Lagasse has always been one of his son’s staunchest supporters. On EJ’s 18th birthday, his father share that his son had decided to become a chef on his own, adding, “Along the way, he’s made us incredibly proud.” Prior to this, the duo worked together at a food festival in the Cayman Islands. People noted Lagasse’s exhaustion after long days in a row, reporting that once he started talking about all the things his son “takes after him in the kitchen”, he perked up. Even Rachael Ray noticed the like-minded pair; following the appearance of the Lagasses on his show, Rachael Ray Magazine wrote that they could have “won the cutest father-son duo award”, as they worked together cooking, complimenting each other on each other’s abilities and cracking jokes. Clearly, Lagasse is thrilled that his son is a piece of the old chopping block and can’t wait to see his career take off — probably with a “Bam!” very strong!