Cajun Aces TV Show on the Food Network

On Saturday, December 2, 2017, the Food Network debuted a new TV show called "Cajun Aces", filmed in New Roads, Louisiana.

Cajun Aces Comes to the Food Network

The Chefs of Cajun Aces ... Sam and Cody Carroll Details about Swamp People including map of locations where the filming is done The Chefs of Cajun Aces ... Cody and Sam Carroll (courtesy of the Food Network)

Chefs Sam and Cody Carroll of Louisiana are the stars of the new Food Network show, “Cajun Aces."

The couple met at the Louisiana Culinary Institute in Baton Rouge, fell in love and embarked on their cooking adventure.

Today, the husband and wife chefs own and operate two Louisiana restaurants, one in small-town New Roads and the other in urban New Orleans.

Cody is 34 years old, and he has been boiling crawfish and cooking all his life. Samantha (Sam), a native of Gonzales, Louisiana, is only 28 years old, yet already an accomplished culinary chef. Cody's family farm is located near New Roads in Batchelor, Louisiana, where soybeans, corn, milo, okra, figs and satsumas are grown. Crawfish are also raised on the farm.

In 2013, Cody, along with assistance of his spouse Sam, won the "King of Louisiana Seafood Award," a prestigious designation presented by the Louisiana Seafood and Marketing Board.


Exquisite entree at Sac-a-Lait Details about Swamp People including map of locations where the filming is done Exquisite entree at Sac-a-Lait (courtesy of Sac-a-Lait Restaurant)

The couple never sought out the TV project, but were approached by a production company; the project got underway in May of 2016. In the series the couple tell the story of their cooking ingredients, harvest the ingredients, cook at the family farm and work in their restaurants.

They narrate the story from harvesting to cooking, explaining and harvesting each ingredient, and test the new entree at the family farm. Later they work in the kitchens of their restaurants to make final versions of the dish. 

Season 1 premiered in 2017, and Season 2 showed in 2018.

Cody and Sam's Restaurant

Inside view of the Sac-a-Lait Restaurant in New Orleans Details about Swamp People including map of locations where the filming is done Inside view of the Sac-a-Lait Restaurant in New Orleans (Courtesy of Block Companies)

Hot Tails was the two chefs’ first restaurant, opened in April of 2010 in an old drive-thru convenience store in New Roads. This small community is located about 35 miles northwest of Baton Rouge.

Cody's original plan for the restaurant was an outlet for the crawfish raised on the family farm. Later the dining concept evolved as customer demand for more seafood dishes changed the restaurant into "Hardcore South Louisiana Cuisine," a slogan the restaurant still uses today.

The menu at Hot Tails is varied, with Cajun and Creole standards like gumbo, catfish po-boys and etoufee.

But look further on the menu and the offerings continue, with delicious items like boudin omelet, crawfish benedict, batchelor bread pudding, and shrimp & grits, just to name a few! The chefs have garnered a long list of culinary awards for their work at Hot Tails.

Cajun Aces Episode Guide

Season Episode Title
1 1 Crawfish and Mirliton
1 2 Pigs and Figs
1 3 Turkey and Pecans
1 4 Redfish and Okra
2 1 Cast Iron Chronicles
2 2 Future Farmers
2 3 Grill Grates and First Dates
2 4 Quick and Big Easy Brunch
2 5 Party at the Pond
2 6 Update Ya Tailgate


Hot Tails Contact Information and Map in New Roads

Hot Tails Restaurant is located at 1113 Hospital Road in New Roads, Louisiana, 70760.

Phone 225.638.4676 or visit them on the web at


Meet Cody and Sam ... and learn about the Louisiana Culinary Institute
in a 2014 Country Roads YouTube Video


The Movie & Film Industry Comes to Louisiana

Louisiana is a popular setting for the movie industry, and several hit reality and food TV shows on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, A&E, Food Network, and other cable networks.

The Bayou State has become an exciting location featuring a diversity of towns and subjects for television for three main reasons: 1) tax credits and incentives, 2) mild year-round weather, and 3) interesting, likable, real-world characters.

According to a report prepared by the Louisiana Office of Entertainment Industry Development, Louisiana is ranked third in film and television production nationwide behind only California and New York.

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