Season 1

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Jamie touches down in Louisiana just weeks after Hurricane Gustav wreaked havoc in New Orleans and the surrounding area. On a quest to understand why people continue to live in a place battered by hurricanes, Jamie finds a state full of people who use food as a way to celebrate life and overcome adversity. In New Orleans he meets “Gumbo Queen” Leah Chase, whose Creole restaurant is finally back on its feet after Hurricane Katrina. He also meets local jazz star, Kermit Ruffins, who is famous for his street barbecue and knows the city inside out. Jamie journeys into Cajun country where he spends time with an alligator-hunting grandmother, Sydney Mae Durand. He tastes and cooks his way through the Cajun and Creole staples before coming across a restaurant where the party abruptly stopped. McGee’s Landing was destroyed by the recent hurricane, the roof and kitchen ripped away. Can Jamie help put the Louisiana spirit back into McGee’s and get the party going again?