Not everyone follows the path that was originally laid out for them. We certainly didn’t. And, neither did Chef Jay Ducote from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We sat down and talked about culinary careers, and how we ended up in ours, along with how the food blogging world has changed.
How did Jay Ducote go from teaching Algebra to becoming the runner up for the Next Food Network Star? Jay was a substitute teacher, grant writer, and wanna-be professional tailgater. Luckily for us, he made the switch.
All of Jay Ducote’s Culinary Careers
We sat down with Jay Ducote at Tin Roof Beer in Baton Rouge, over a few dozen craft beers (yes a few dozen). We learned about all of his various culinary careers. And, he is one busy guy. He started his food blog, Bite and Booze, during his daily office worker lunch breaks. The food blog started from just wanting to share the stories of the meals he was eating around Baton Rouge.
From that modest start he became the unofficial food mayor of Baton Rouge. Jay launched his own BBQ sauce and rub, his own wine, his own food podcast, and even his own local radio show. And, yes, he was a runner up on the Next Food Network Star. We talk about how he made it to TV and what is it like to be on a culinary reality TV show.
Mentions on This Episode of our Culinary Travel Podcast
The Next Food Network Star – Jay was the season 11 runner up!
Tin Roof Beer – Tin Roof Beer hosted us with dozens of baby beers in Baton Rouge
Bite and Booze – Jay’s blog, podcast, and radio show
Chef The Movie – The movie that inspired us to leave Bali in search of great food!
Bradley Coopers Burnt – Another fun foodie movie
Cutthroat Kitchen Season 1 – Jay was also on an episode of Cutthroat Kitchen
Government Taco – Jay’s upcoming taco stand in Baton Rouge
The Shed BBQ in Ocean Springs, Mississippi – Talking BBQ food with Brad of the Shed
Mama Honey’s BBQ Rub – The best rub for your butt
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Amber Hoffman, food and travel writer behind With Husband In Tow, is a recovering attorney and professional eater, with a passion for finding new Food and Drink Destinations. She lives with her husband, Eric, in Girona, Catalonia, Spain. Together over the last 20 years, they have traveled to over 70 countries. Amber is the author of the Food Traveler’s Guide to Emilia Romagna.