Jay Ducote turns from TV to two new food products he hopes to launch this fall

    After a season competing in Food Network Star and finishing as a strong but disappointing runner up, Jay Ducote says he definitely has the TV bug. But the local blogger, chef and radio host isn’t pining away waiting for the phone to ring. Instead, he’ll be spending the next few months launching two new food products to complement his Jay D’s Louisiana Barbecue Sauce. One is a spice rub that Ducote hopes to debut this fall. The other is Jay D’s Louisiana Molasses Mustard, which is a Bayou State version of honey mustard that is made with cane sugar instead of honey.

    “Right now my focus is getting back to all the different things I have going on in my life—the blog, the radio show, the barbecue sauce and getting these other food products launched,” Ducote said this morning, in between back-to-back radio interviews that were to last until noon.

    Ducote, who was surrounded by fans last night at The Varsity for a public viewing of the Food Network Star finale, seemed still dazed this morning and hadn’t been to sleep. He says he wants to continue in TV and hopes his strong showing on the series’ 11th season will lead to more opportunities. By virtue of his appearance on the show he is under contract with Food TV for six more months. In the meantime, he is  toying with the idea of getting an agent or a manager.

    “I’m absolutely hoping that either Food network reaches out or that something else comes of this at some point that allows me to do more TV or host my own show either nationally or internationally,” he says. “That is the goal.”

    —Stephanie Riegel

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