It's a five star recipe. Purists are boring. We wouldn't have the exciting fusion cuisines we have today if everyone always did the same old thing. I didn't add or change anything, but I might the next time I make it.
Nope. Chefs are compelled to alter recipes just to be different, but it's not necessarily a good thing. Emeril is from MA. There's no corn in clam chowder, nor Worcestershire or Old Bay. Putting Fall River in the title doesn't make it okay. blech