Baton Rouge food blogger and radio host Jay Ducote will be competing in the finale of Food Network Star on August 16 to win his own show on the network. Three finalists made their own pilot for a cooking show in last night's episode where Ducote prepared fried catfish topped with crawfish etoufee as his showcase dish. The pilots for each finalist will be judged and the winner will be announced this Sunday. Ducote says he has enjoyed the experience and the unique opportunities the show has offered him.
"It was a whole lot of fun to get through the competition in Los Angeles and to get on a plane and go to New York to film a pilot with Rachael Ray," Ducote said.
For Ducote's pilot, he filmed an episode of Deep-Fried America, which explores the best versions of fried food all across the country. Ducote says if he wins, his show will remain Louisiana focused the way he's competed throughout the season.
"Keeping my Louisiana roots in mind and being that fried food master."
Ducote says there will be a viewing party for the show's finale, which begins at 8 p.m., at the Varsity near LSU's campus in Baton Rouge. He is still quiet about what his plans are for the future until Sunday's episode is aired, but he says he is excited about his progress throughout the season.
"I'm feeling pretty darn good right now. It's really exciting," he said. "This is the goal on Food Network Star is to get to the final three and get to film a pilot for your own tv show on Food Network."