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Mike Gonzales

Mike Gonzales, winner of The Advocate's Jambalaya Contest last week, will appear on WBRZ morning show "2une In" at 6:45 a.m. Thursday.

Gonzales, who lives in Prairieville but was raised in Gonzales, also will be featured more extensively from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WBRZ's 24-hours news channel, WBRZ+. 

The newspaper's contest was sparked by the so-called jambalaya served at the White House state dinner recently to French President Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron. The "jambalaya" — which piqued interest of Louisianans after details of the menu were announced — was made with Carolina gold rice. 

But the rice dish, according to sources who ate it, included no seafood, chicken or sausage and wasn't really a jambalaya at all. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., who attended with his wife, said that the dish was more of a rice pilaf than a jambalaya.

The Advocate will be sending Gonzales, who also won the Gonzales Jambalaya Festival championship in 2006, to Washington, D.C., to show those in the nation's capital how jambalaya is supposed to taste.

WBRZ, Channel 2, is on cable Channel 5, while WBRZ+ can be seen on over-the-air Channel 2.2, Cox Channel 11 or Eatel Channel 2.