UPDATE: the Bite and Booze radio show was officially named a Taste Awards winner at the Los Angeles ceremony on January 16th – congratulations to Jay!
January Artist of the Month Jay Ducote is a Baton Rouge-born writer, radio and TV personality, and all around lover and critic of food and drink – thus the name of his blog (and growing media empire), Bite and Booze.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science 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’s Bite and Booze blog chronicles his culinary and indulgent cultural experiences as he eats and drinks in South Louisiana and around the world. his writing has been featured on various national and global websites as well as print publications around Louisiana and nationally. He produces and hosts the “Bite and Booze Radio Show presented by Calandro’s Supermarket” where he interviews local chefs and other food personalities, discusses restaurants and culinary events, and much more. The Bite and Booze Radio Show was nominated for a Taste Award in 2013 as one of the best food or drink based radio broadcasts in the country. It airs on Talk 107.3 FM on Saturdays at 5 PM in Baton Rouge and is also available as a podcast on iTunes and on biteandbooze.com.
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. Jay currently hosts “The Outdoor Shopper,” a nationally televised show which brings televised shopping to the great outdoors. Additionally, he served as the Culinary Ambassador for the Louisiana International Film Festival which held its inaugural event in April 2013. This included being part of a culinary team that brought Louisiana cuisine to the Sundance Film Festival. He is currently on the Dean’s Advisory Council for LSU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Advisory Board of the Louisiana Culinary Institute, and the Board of Directors of Triumph Kitchen.
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. He has also appeared on the Cooking Channel’s “Eat St.,” Destination American’s “Last Call Food Brawl,” and HBO’s “Treme” appearing as himself, a food blogger. 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 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. He also has his own barbecue sauce that is currently hitting the market called Jay Ducote’s Louisiana Barbecue Sauce.
For an example of what Jay does, check his Great American Beer Boom video below.