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Taste of Louisiana with Chef John Folse & Company: Hooks, Lies & Alibis

Taste of Louisiana with Chef John Folse & Company: Hooks, Lies & Alibis

Based on his cookbook of the same name, A TASTE OF LOUISIANA WITH CHEF JOHN FOLSE & COMPANY: HOOKS, LIES & ALIBIS takes viewers from the waterways of the state to the kitchen as chef Folse prepares dishes honoring the age-old tradition of fishing, and Louisiana's world famous cuisine. In this 13-part cooking series, chef Folse travels through the region, visiting with local fishermen, shrimpers and the everyday people who live, work and celebrate life along the rivers, swamps and the Gulf of Mexico. The series highlights the beauty of the area, the friendliness of its people and, of course, the great seafood that can only be found in the region. Chef Folse demonstrates how to cook up some of the very best seafood dishes, including shrimp, crabs, fish, alligator, and other tasty treats from the Gulf Coast region.

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In this episode, John goes to the world-famous Toledo Bend Reservoir to tangle with hard-fighting large mouth bass and the delicious white perch, locally called crappie. Local chef and restaurant owner, Randy Ziegler whips up a mouth-watering herb-baked bass on the pier. John meets local bass legend Harold Allen who talks about his time as a fishing rodeo champion. John cooks pancake battered bass on the dock with Jerry "JT" Thompson, who with his wife own Living The Dream charters at Toledo Bend. Later John shows JT how to turn the white perch (crappie) into a tasty fish burger.

In this episode, John travels to Lake Des Allemand, east of New Orleans where he learns the methods of catching catfish from German descendants. John's nephew Jay and his daughter Allie, teach John the hoop net method of catching fish and then have a good old fashion catfish fry. Back on the White Oaks Dock, John's guest is Don Dubuc, famous local outdoorsman and host of a TV and radio show for the last 20 years. Don and John create a tasty catfish black pot court-bouillon then make a local fishing camp favorite with catfish and shrimp over grits.

In this episode, John gets a first-hand look at the size and scope of Louisiana's coastal erosion problem. Louisiana has 40% of our nation's wetlands and each year experiences the loss of land equal to the size of Rhode Island. John celebrates the coastal bounty by making sauteed speckled trout with a spicy garlic and orange vinaigrette with saltwater fishing champion, Tommy Vidrine. Then, John cooks a dried shrimp potato stew with Bobby Collins. Finally, John, Bobby and Sister Marie Dulce make a dried shrimp encrusted red snapper.

John visits St. Mary's Seafood & Marina. He makes fried soft-shelled crab po boys with Frank Randol of Lafayette, owner of Randol's Restaurant. John and Chris Lusk, executive chef from Cafe Revolution in New Orleans, make ultimate crab cakes and French fried frog legs. Plus John mixes a drink called the Havana cooler.

In this episode, John visits the famous Tony's Seafood Market in Baton Rouge and learns the secrets behind their success. John picks up a beautiful gaspergou and travels to New Orleans with his friend Leah Chase and creates a gorgeous backed gasperou like Leah's mother used to make on special occasions. Then Leah teaches John how to make her famous turtle stew. Later John is joined by outdoorsman and seafood wrangler extraordinaire, Rick Phillips and cooks a fricassee of gaspergou. Then later, both make a rice and tomato-stuffed carp.

In this episode, John joins the fun at the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo. Saltwater fishing tournaments are a summer tradition, and the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo is the oldest fishing championship in the country. John interviews Ricky Templet with the rodeo and then the pair prepare a pan-roasted grouper with Caribbean sofrito. Afterwards, Captain Theo Bourgeois drops by to visit John on his deck at White Oak Landing and grill up a delicious deep water favorite, amberjack. After grilling, John and Captain Theo demonstrate the proper technique for smoking king mackerel.

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