Mr. Ducote was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on August 20, 1981. He is a graduate of William P. Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science with a minor in Business Administration from Louisiana State University, and earned a Master of Arts degree in Political Science - American Government and Comparative Politics - from LSU. Jay spent two years teaching high school math and coaching baseball before moving into Health Information Technology policy, research, grant writing, and program development. After over two years with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum he decided to pursue his passion in the culinary world full time.
In May 2011 the Baton Rouge Advocate declared, "If there is a king of the local food-blogging community, it is Ducote, who in just 18 months has established as one of the leaders of the local social media movement, and one of the bigger names in the national food blogging community."
Jay is the winner of the Tony Chachere's Tailgating Cookoff in 2010 as well as the victor in numerous competitive eating contests. In 2011 he was named one of the "Top 100 Amateur Chefs in America" as he competed on the FOX reality show MasterChef with Chef Gordon Ramsay, Chef Graham Elliot, and Joe Bastianich. From July to October 2011 he worked on the opening team for the first ever Viking Cooking School Outdoors in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In November 2011 the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report named Jay Ducote as one of their annual "Top Forty Under 40" selections. Jay has made other national television appearances as himself including Eat St. on the Cooking Channel and Canada's Food Network in 2011, as a food blogger on HBO's Treme in 2012, and as a judge on Destination America's Last Call Food Brawl in 2013.
Jay is currently focusing on Bite and Booze as a culinary media company including the blog, social media, radio shows, freelance food writing, and food-based video productions. He is also a chef, doing pop-up restaurants, cooking demos and classes, and private culinary events.
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