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Woman who taught Emeril how to cook dies at 79

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Posted: Sep 27, 2011 12:07 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: celebrity chef, Emeril Lagasse, Massachusetts, Ines De Costa, Fall River, WBRZ

FALL RIVER, Mass. - The woman who taught celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse how to cook has died in Massachusetts.

A family member says Ines De Costa died in her sleep in her Fall River home last weekend after doing what she loved most - spending all day Friday cooking.

She was 79.

De Costa's daughter, Ines Bates, says a 5-year-old Lagasse used to sit and watch her mother in the kitchen when his family visited her restaurant.

Lagasse included many of De Costa's recipes in his cookbooks, although she was never afraid to scold him for fiddling with her ingredients.

Lagasse maintained a lifelong relationship with the woman he called his second mother.

De Costa, known as `Vo' - Portuguese for grandmother - ran the kitchen at a city athletic club for 33 years.

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