Local chef Jay Ducote to take his cooking and LSU to the Big Apple

    Baton Rouge chef and Food Network Star alum Jay Ducote has been invited to cook an LSU-themed tailgate dinner for 80 guests on July 21 at the world-renowned James Beard House in New York City.

    Ducote will cook a five-course dinner, inspired by some of the dishes he has cooked on TV and at tailgates, according to a news release. The dinner also will include appetizers paired with cocktails and wines featuring Ducote’s Jay D. Blanc Du Bois from the Landry Vineyards, the Vending Machine Winery and the Donner-Peltier Distillery.

    In a prepared statement, Ducote says he’s thrilled to cook at the James Beard House and to represent Louisiana and LSU on a national scale.

    “I’m very thankful to the James Beard Foundation for recognizing our cuisine as a part of America’s culinary heritage, and I’m proud to able to bring our food to the table in New York,” he says.

    Ducote, who produces the culinary blog Bite and Booze, was the runner-up on the 11th season of the reality TV competition Food Network Star. FOX’s MasterChef also has named him one of the top 100 amateur chefs in the country. In the fall, he will open Gov’t Taco at White Star Market, a food hall opening on Government Street.

    He has also been invited by the James Beard Foundation to cook at its Chefs & Champagne event at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons on July 23. The event will honor another Louisiana chef, John Besh.

    According to the release, Ducote’s Bite and Booze team will join him in New York and so will local chefs Aimee Tortorich and Eusebio Gongora II.

    Chefs invited to cook at the James Beard House do so at their own expense. To finance the trip, Ducote has started a GoFundMe page.

    Tickets—which cost $130 for members and $170 for nonmembers—for the James Beard House dinner will be available via the James Beard Foundation’s website starting in June. A preview dinner will take place at the Louisiana Culinary Institute, 10550 Airline Highway, on July 8 ahead of Ducote’s New York Trip. Tickets can be purchased online for $100. Private preview dinners also will be offered for groups up to 12. Get more information.