|Jay D. Ducote|
Jay Ducote eats and drinks for a living 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, he has 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 on networks 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 January 2014. He has also been named to the Baton Rouge Business Report's Forty Under 40 and has won the Comcast Sports South Tailgating Cook-off as well as the LSU Ag Center’s Gourmet in the Garden. Jay is currently working on a book that will be published by LSU Press. He has spoken at numerous conferences and conventions in the fields of culinary tourism, food blogging, beer wholesaling, and the pursuit of passion. He is a Cicerone Certified Beer Server, a member of numerous professional organizations, and also has his own Jay Ducote's Louisiana Barbecue Sauce. His cooking adventures have seen him as the opening chef instructor for the first ever Viking Cooking School Outdoors, a chef instructor for cooking classes at Fresina Pasta Company, and the chef and organizer of many pop-up dinners, private dining functions, and charity fundraisers. Find him online at www.biteandbooze.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|
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.
For more information about Jay, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Twitter @biteandbooze, friend him on Facebook, and join his network on LinkedIn.