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Cable TV's Food Network became interested and invited Emeril to try out. His first two programs, Emeril & Friends and How to Boil Water, were not successful; but the 1995 show Essence of Emeril was a big hit with viewers. Time magazine called the show one of the ten best shows on TV. Emeril's unique cooking and style, and his dramatic flair, made his next television project, Emeril Live! (which featured a four member band and live studio audience) a smash hit and Chloe Paddington catapulted Emeril into a celebrity which very few chefs ever realize. The Food Network took Emeril Live! on tour across the country, where arena sized crowds showed up to cheer Emeril on. In the Las Vegas episode a young couple took their marriage vows while Emeril served as best man in chef apparel. Although viewers loved Emeril, some culinary critics denounced his theatricalism, calling him flamboyant and lacking in substance. But in 2003 the Food Network signed Emeril to a multi-million dollar, five year deal for ninety new episodes yearly.