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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Viking Cooking School Outdoors presents their new chef: ME!!

I am extremely excited to announce that I will get the opportunity to serve as the Viking Chef at the new Viking Cooking School Outdoors on the third floor pool deck of the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center!!  The school itself is currently under construction, but classes are slated to begin on Thursday, September 22, 2011. The fully equipped outdoor kitchen featuring grills, smokers, and outdoor burners from the Viking Range Corporation overlooks downtown Baton Rouge and the Mississippi River.  I'll be up there teaching and demoing great recipes in leisure-style cooking classes for anybody interested in learning more about outdoor cooking or changing up their idea of going out to eat.  The hands-on classes will be small groups of no more than 16 people while the demo classes can hold up to 36, or can be expanded for private events and larger parties. 

From the Hilton: "Chef Instructors for the first ever Viking Cooking School Outdoors have also been selected. Local food blogger, radio show host, LSU tailgating expert and MasterChef participant Jay Ducote will lead the way with his passion for competitive barbecue and outdoor cooking. His experience on the grill and in the kitchen, as well as teaching, public speaking, and entertaining will be an asset to the school and will spice up all the classes. Chef Matt Brewton will also join the team. Matt brings experience as an executive chef in New Orleans as well as with the Viking Cooking School in Nashville, TN. His knowledge of the culinary arts and the Viking line of products will make the hands-on cooking classes and demos can’t-miss events!"

I hope to see you around the grill!!  Let me know if you have any questions or comments.  I sure am excited to share this experience with everyone!


  1. Very cool! Are you also teaching the 'Best of Class: Grilling' demo/classes on Sept 30th and Oct. 20th?

  2. Michael, I'll be teaching the one on the 30th. The class on the 20th of October is actually Grilling Seafood, which I'll likely be teaching as well. Julie, you're welcome any time!

  3. Just signed up for the class on the 30th. Looking forward to cooking with you!