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About Jay D. Ducote

Jay D. Ducote
Hello and welcome to my "about me" section! I guess you're here to learn more about me, so thanks in advance. If you meet me in person I'm likely to give you a big teddy bear hug, but since this is virtual I'll just have stick with this.

I created Bite and Booze in 2009 as a way for me to keep an online journal about everything I eat and drink. Somehow that idea has grown into me being able to make a living celebrating the culinary culture of my home state of Louisiana and everywhere I travel. I like to say that I eat and drink for a living, but I truly earn my living based on creating content around something that everyone around here loves: food (and drinks)! So really my job is to make people hungry and thirsty. I do that on the blog, my radio show, as a freelance writer, television personality, chef, event producer, speaker, videos, and much more.

My passion is to share my hunger for local cuisine and thirst for craft beverages with anyone who might want to read, watch, or listen. Thanks for stopping by, and let me know if there's anything I can do for you!


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Jay  Ducote eats and drinks for a living while celebrating culinary culture around Louisiana and everywhere he travels.


Jay Ducote spends most of his time as a food and beverage writer, blogger, radio host, speaker, video producer, culinary personality, chef and hugger. Residing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and traveling as much as he can, Jay currently is a finalist on Season 11 of the hit reality competition show Food Network Star. He has also been named one of the top 100 amateur chefs in America by FOX’s MasterChef, has appeared as himself on HBO’s drama series Treme, and has been featured on multiple programs such as Cutthroat Kitchen on the Food Network, Eat St. on the Cooking Channel, and Last Call Food Brawl on Destination America. The Bite and Booze Radio Show, produced and hosted by Ducote, won a Taste Award for best food or drink radio broadcast in the country in 2014 and the Uniquely Louisiana Award from the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters in 2015. Jay launched his own Jay D’s Louisiana Barbecue Sauce in 2014 and released his wine, Jay D's Blanc du Bois, a collaboration with West Monroe's Landry Vineyards, in 2015. Jay's goal is to create content and celebrate culinary culture as he continues to cook, write, speak, entertain and hug for a living.

Find him online at www.jayducote.com.


Jay D. Ducote is a rare talent who specializes in both critical thinking and common sense. Seriously, he should write a book (Actually, he has a book deal with the LSU Press!). He is a spectacular hugger, a lover of many people and things, and enjoys both the finer and simpler things in life. Jay also makes an art out of being ambitious while maintaining a laid back personality.

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.

Jay Ducote on FOX's MasterChef
Jay Ducote on FOX's MasterChef
JDD is a talented writer, an avid traveler, a philanthropist when he gets the chance, an entrepreneur at times, and one heck of a good guy. He is the author of the website Bite and Booze (www.biteandbooze.com) which chronicles his culinary and indulgent cultural experiences as he eats and drinks in South Louisiana and around the world. Bite and Booze celebrates the food and beverage culture of Louisiana and everywhere Jay travels. Jay's writing has been featured on various national and global websites as well as print publications around Louisiana. He produces and hosts the "Bite and Booze Radio Show presented by Calandro's Supermarket" on Talk 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge where he interviews local chefs and other food personalities, discusses restaurants and culinary events, and much more. Jay served as the chairman on the charter board of directors for the Baton Rouge Social Media Association whose mission is to promote Baton Rouge to both its citizens and potential visitors through blogs and new media. He spent five seasons as the Public Address Announcer for the LSU Soccer team, including announcing games in the NCAA Tournament. He is also a founding member of the Third Row Tailgaters. Jay hosted The Outdoor Shopper which brought televised shopping to the outdoor industry on a multi-network platform.  He is on the Dean's Advisory Council for LSU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences and is also on the Advisory Board of the Louisiana Culinary Institute. He serves on numerous other community organization committees and work groups.

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, as a judge on Destination America's Last Call Food Brawl in 2013, and cooking on Cutthroat Kichen on Food Network in 2014.

Jay doing what he does on episode 1 of Food Network Star
In 2015 Jay appears as a finalist on Season 11 of Food Network Star, the competition reality series
where Food Network put the finalists through a series of cooking and charisma challenges in order to see who has the chops to have their own Food Network Show. Tune in Sunday evenings starting June 7th at 9/8C to watch!

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.

For more information about Jay, please email him at jay@biteandbooze.com, follow him on Twitter @jayducote, like him on Facebook, and join his network on LinkedIn.

jay d ducote chef with smoker