Miss Gonzales Jambalaya queen crowned

Advocate staff photos by ADAM LAU -- 2012 Teen Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Lexie Scioneaux, 15, left, blows the embers under her mini-pot with coaching from cook Scott Duplechein, right, during a Queens' Day jambalaya cook-off at Duplechein's home in St. Amant. Scioneaux gave up her crown during a Saturday night contest.
Advocate staff photos by ADAM LAU -- 2012 Teen Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Lexie Scioneaux, 15, left, blows the embers under her mini-pot with coaching from cook Scott Duplechein, right, during a Queens' Day jambalaya cook-off at Duplechein's home in St. Amant. Scioneaux gave up her crown during a Saturday night contest.

More than a dozen festival queens from around Louisiana were in St. Amant on Saturday for the Miss Gonzales Jambalaya pageant. The queens joined jambalaya cooks at Scott Duplechein’s home during the day for a jambalaya cook-off followed by the pageant held Saturday night to crown the 2013 queen.