Baton Rouge’s Jay Ducote is one of 10 Louisiana chefs traveling to New York City next week to promote the state’s cuisine at a private event.
The chefs, along with Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and representatives from eight state marketing organizations, will be in New York City from Monday through Wednesday to prepare food, encourage media to write about the state’s culinary culture and attract tourists.
The event, called “Sights, Sounds & Tastes of Louisiana,” is being hosted by the Louisiana Office of Tourism, Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board and Louisiana Travel Promotion Association. It will feature live music and special menus with Louisiana seafood.
“Our goal is to connect key influencers—writers, editors and producers—to our diverse heritage through our cuisine,” LTPA President and CEO Jill Kidder says in a statement. “In turn, the media’s influential stories will showcase our state as a culinary destination to the world. We also aim to connect with companies who book tours for both domestic and international groups, encouraging them to choose Louisiana as a frequent destination.”
Aside from Ducote, who has made TV appearances, other Louisiana chefs taking the trip are Isaac Toups of New Orleans; Cory Bahr and Blake Phillips of Monroe; Bonnie Breaux of St. Martinville; Lyle Broussard and Justin East of Lake Charles; Holly Goetting and Ryan Trahan of Lafayette; and Jeffrey Hansell of Covington.