October 21, 2017
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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
Donation” scheduled to be release in 2018 to assist children to understand the importance of life.
Jarrius, "Little J.J." Robertson
Several of the 610 Stompers will serve as a single judge for the Overall Winner of the Mac N Cheese Contest! The 610 Stompers are many things but, first and foremost, they are Ordinary Men with Extraordinary Moves. Since their birth in 2009, they have evolved and grown into a 100-man strong, all male dance group whose bold mission is to return the ordinary man to the glory of dance. Men from their 20s to their 80s now proudly call themselves 610 Stompers, drawn from all walks of life and from across the country. While they come from many places, New Orleans is their birthplace and will always be their home.
In May 2017, she formed a foundation in honor of her hero, her mother, Anita Garza Rougee. Her foundation is “TAKES HEROS TO SAVE LIVES. org.” This foundation was formed in order to bring awareness of organ donation through the lives of children.
One of Amanda’s famous quotes says:
“You see, death of a loved one is only gone if you yourself allow it to be, BUT life is a wonderful thing that keeps on going forever. The greatest gift God gave each of us was life. So don’t forget to pass it on……Become an organ donor today.”
We are very excited and honored to have Amanda as part of the team judging the Kid's Choice Award for this year's Mac N Cheese Fest!
Chef Morgan Landry is the Research & Development Chef for Chef Paul Prudhomme's Magic Seasoning Blends. He grew up eating his mom's Cajun food every day, but as an adult has worked in fine dining, catering and banquet chef for the WWII Museum before returning to his early Cajun roots working in R&D for the greatest Cajun Chef of all time!
Chef Landry said he is a true lover of Mac N Cheese and all things Cajun! We welcome him on board as one of our professional judges.
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!"
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.
We are proud to introduce you to Amanda Rougee. She is an 8th-grade student at Mount Carmel Academy and an avid volleyball player. Amanda has been an advocate for Donor Life since 2015, when her mother passed away unexpectedly. She assisted in making the decision at that pivotal moment in time to allow her mother’s legacy to continue to live on in others as long as she could one day be able to meet the recipients.
Amanda has participated in numerous events giving speeches, donate life blogs and podcasts as well as being offered a self-help book deal detailing “A Kid’s Life in the World of Organ
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