Jay Ducote finished runner-up on Season 11 of the hit competition show Food Network Star, and the pilot for his show "Deep Fried America" aired on the Travel Channel. He has appeared as himself on HBO’s drama series Treme, and has been featured on multiple programs such as Cutthroat Kitchen, The Kitchen and Burgers, Brew & Que on Food Network, Eat St. on Cooking Channel, and Last Call Food Brawl on Destination America.
Ducote produces and hosts The Bite and Booze Radio Show, which won a 2014 Taste Award for best food or drink radio broadcast in the country. He launched his own line of "Jay D’s" food products, including Louisiana Barbecue Sauce, his wine, Blanc du Bois, Louisiana Molasses Mustard and Spicy & Sweet Barbecue Rub, which is now available in stores along with Jay D's Single Origin Coffee.
Jay's goal is to create content and celebrate Louisiana's culinary culture as he continues to cook, write, speak, entertain and hug for a living.
Trixie Minx is our first celebrity judge for the Mac N Cheese Contest!
At the forefront of the New Orleans Burlesque Revival, Trixie is a leader in the preservation & innovation of the art of tease. Best known for her classic yet playful style of dance, she is also recognized as the premiere burlesque producer with four New Orleans-based shows, (Fleur de Tease, Burgundy Burlesque, Burlesque Ballroom, Bourbon Boylesque), in addition to several custom-created productions for special events and parties. Trixie also works as an advocate for affordable performer healthcare.
She has been obsessed with cheese since childhood. This fascination and devotion to all that is cheese has led to her being associated with the hasthtags #bodybycheese & #cheese4eva. Trixie is beyond thrilled to be a judge at the inaugural New Orleans Mac & Cheese Festival! For more details on this lovely lady, upcoming shows, or talent options for parties and corporate events visit www.trixieminx.com or www.fleurdetease.com
October 21, 2017
Saturday: 11 am-7 pm
Evie has a large and growing social media following and comes highly recommended to us at the NOLA Mac N Cheese FEST as a judge! We are excited to have her on board!
Most know her best as @evie_eats, a native New Orleanian (who dat!) with a passion for all things food, drink, and foodie culture.
In her spare time, you can find Evie checking out the newest local eateries, cooking up the fresh deliciousness from the Crescent City Farmers Market, or enjoying a whiskey/vodka/gin drink at one of her favorite haunts. She loves trying new things whether it’s a new cuisine, restaurant, or an innovative spin on a culinary classic.
You can check out Evies' adventures on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook or you can even check her out live on Snapchat.
She said, "I am looking forward to the Mac N Cheese Fest like no other!! See you there!"
Perseverance Award at The ESPYS for the strength and courage he has displayed while battling biliary atresia, a rare, chronic liver disease that affects the bile ducts, beginning at infancy.
The announcement came just two months after Jarrius’ second liver transplant surgery, which has been helping him get back to everyday activities that he was forced to give up because of the illness.
J.J. commented, “Recovery is going good because I can do all the things I couldn’t do with my old liver,” Jarrius said. “I’m eating better and playing and going outside.”
We are honored to have Jarrius lead the team of Mac N Cheese Judges for our Kid's Choice Award winner. For his full story clickHERE! For more information on how you can help, visit the Jarrius, "J.J." Foundations site by clicking on It Takes Lives To Save Lives HERE!
Super Saints Fan, Jarrius Robertson will be leading the team of youngsters who will be judging the Kid's Choice Award winner from our list of participating restaurants!
If you are not yet familiar with the heart and spirit of Jarrius Robertson, you are in for one of the most heartfelt stories of the year!
In the past year, Little J.J. has made more appearances than even he can count, from Good Morning America to the NBA All-Star Game and countless others. But no matter where he is, Jarrius never forgets to spread the message that “It Takes Lives to Save Lives” in order to bring awareness to the importance of organ donation. It was only fitting that the charismatic 15-year old was chosen to be the recipient of this year's Jimmy V
Jarrius, "Little J.J." Robertson