Dardenne sends southern cuisine to American Idol contestant

POSTED: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 5:34pm

An American Idol contestant from Louisiana is getting a taste of home, and it's all courtesy of Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne.

Joshua Ledet is one of eight American Idol contestants left on the show.

A few weeks ago, the Westlake native said he missed Louisiana cuisine while competing in Los Angeles.

Dardenne and the Louisiana Seafood Board jumped on the chance to help the Bayou State's contestant get his seafood fix.

First, they sent 60 pounds of crawfish to Los Angeles; since then, Dardenne has shipped lots of Louisiana delicacies to LA, including boudin and jambalaya.

He's calling it "Feed the Dream."
"It cost us basically shipping costs to get the food delivered to LA, and we've gotten literally millions of dollars of publicity for the state and a focus on Louisiana cuisine," stated Dardenne.

Dardenne says he's thrilled that one of our own has made it so far on American Idol.


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