BR foodie and LSU alum Jay Ducote will give the keynote address at LSU on Aug. 4, according to a university news release.

“We are proud to welcome Jay Ducote back to campus to speak at our August commencement,” said LSU President F. King Alexander in the release. “Jay has taken his entrepreneurial spirit, along with the pride he has for Louisiana and LSU, and has gained recognition nationally with his skills as a chef and his overall welcoming personality. We are excited to hear the message he brings to our newest graduates this summer.”

Ducote holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science and a master’s degree in political science from LSU. He appeared on season 11 of “Food Network Star” and will launch his first restaurant, Gov’t Taco, later this year.

The commencement begins at 8:45 a.m.

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