Baton Rouge blogger Jay Ducote is one of the top 100 amateur chefs in America competing for the title “MasterChef” in the Fox TV reality series by the same name.
In case you missed the two-part premiere episode of the show’s second season, which aired earlier this week, Ducote will be a regular contestant on the show for the next several weeks, or until he gets eliminated from the competition.
Ducote, whose blog is biteandbooze.com, was one of more than 22,000 amateur chefs who auditioned for the show last fall in New Orleans.
“The casting call ended up being the same day as the Ole Miss vs. LSU game, and also the same day as the Tony Chachere’s Tailgating Cook Off,” Ducote said. “Immediately after I finished cooking the Blackberry Bourbon Boston Butt, I drove to New Orleans and brought one of those smoked pork shoulder with me.”
Several auditions and videos later, he was flown to Los Angeles to compete along with 99 other top amateur chefs to cook for celebrity chef Gordon Ramsy and compete for the MasterChef title.
The show’s second season was filmed over the course of several weeks in February. Ducote can’t give away too many details, though he will divulge the signature dish he made for the judges: Fresh Herb-Roasted Rack of Venison With Cajun Shrimp and Cornbread Stuffed Bell Pepper.
“Oh, and I also made a bourbon cream sauce,” he said. “I wouldn’t be BiteandBooze without cooking with some sort of alcohol.”
As to how Ducote fared in the competition, he won’t say. But he has nothing but praise for the reality TV experience.
“It was a truly unique and inspiring experience,” he said.
“The passion that all 100 of us have for food is incredible, and all the contestants showed why they were there.”