A Seattle native with a love affair with meat. Misty Banchero has become a social media sensation as @SeattleButchersWife. From live fire to simple pellet grill cooks, Misty has inspired women everywhere to step up to the grill.
Created, hosts and executive producer of Barbecue America, Rick Browne is a renowned photojournalist and author of 16 BBQ & Grilling cookbooks.
Mary Cressler & Sean Martin
Mary Cressler is a wine, food, and travel writer, publisher of the award-winning blog Vindulge, and author of the critically acclaimed Fire + Wine cookbook. Mary writes about BBQ and wine on her website, Vindulge, which received an IACP nomination for Best Recipe-Based Blog in 2020 and 2017. Mary is a certified sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, recipe developer, and food and wine writer and with credits in Wine Enthusiast, Serious Eats, Weber Grills Online, Barbecue America Magazine, Big Green Egg, Oregon Wine Press, and many more, and is a frequent judge for wine competitions. A regular guest on Portland’s morning television show, AM Northwest (the local ABC affiliate show in Portland, Oregon), Mary and her partner also teach classes on wine and cooking. Mary lives on a small farm in Oregon wine country with her husband and their twin boys.
Sean Martin is co-owner of the award-winning website Vindulge, an outdoor cooking, beverage, and lifestyle brand. He is also the co-author of Fire + Wine cookbook. Sean, along his partner, have been recurring guests on Portland’s ABC affiliate AM Northwest as well as featured in numerous publications and cooking events around the world. He can be found cooking alongside founder and wife Mary Cressler with their twin boys on their farm and studio in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Stan Hays is the CEO and Co-founder of Operation BBQ Relief, serving over 9 million meals in 30 states to those in need. Hays has been featured on Chopped: Grill Masters, Food Network Canada's Fire Masters and was recognized as a CNN Hero for his work with Operation BBQ Relief.
Fred Hopson has owned and operated Ribs in LA since 2018. The accomplished Pit Master has won multiple awards including the Street Loyalty BBQ Competition, It's All Good TV Competition and has been featured in numerous publications including Voyage LA Magazine and Eater LA.
Phil "The Grill" Johnson
Phil “The Grill” Johnson
Phil “The Grill” Johnson is an Award-Winning Chef, Pitmaster, Entrepreneur, Rub Developer and Television Personality. He appears regularly on local Phoenix media and national outlets, including five appearances on The Today Show. He competes throughout the U.S. and internationally on the Steak and BBQ circuits, competed on Food Network's BBQ Brawl - Flay vs. Symon, and was named Food Network's Canada's Fire Masters Champion.
His Trapp Haus BBQ is repeatedly voted one of Phoenix's best BBQ restaurants, and won “Best Wings” in Phoenix in 2020. Food Network named Trapp Haus one of the best restaurants to visit in Phoenix. Phil's signature seasoning, “Rub Me All Over Smoky Sweet Heat Rub” was judged 19th overall in the American Royal World Series of Barbecue's "2020 Best Rub on the Planet", the largest BBQ rub contest in the world, and is now available in Ace Hardware stores throughout the U.S. and internationally, including Sweden and Australia.
In 2022, Phil launched a manufacturing business that custom builds food trucks and offers a mentorship program to educate new food truck owners on how to run a successful business. You can also find him at philthegrill.com.
New Jersey native and SoulBelly Founder Chef Bruce Kalman launched his culinary career in his hometown of Paramus. He solidified his skills through a hands-on culinary program at Jersey City’s Hudson Community College, and after rising through the ranks of local kitchens, moved to Chicago to serve as executive chef for restaurants including Okno, Green Dolphin, and Coco Pazzo.
Throughout his career, Kalman has gained recognition from James Beard, with a nomination for “Rising Star Chef,” and has appeared on the Food Network to earn a Chopped championship title, Beat Bobby Flay in which he was victorious, as well as on Esquire Network to win “Knife Fight.” Kalman was also a cheftestant on Bravo’s Top Chef, Season 15 filmed in Colorado, finishing in the top five. He has made appearances on shows such as Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, CBS’s The Talk, Viceland’s Untitled Action Bronson Show and Last Call with Carson Daly, among many others.
Owner and operator of Sugars Barbecue, headquartered in Battle Ground, WA. Chef, BBQ instructor, caterer, entrepreneur, television personality and a bad ass woman in BBQ! Former top barbecue competitor, brand affiliate with: Thermoworks and RecTeq Grills. Appeared on: BBQ Pitmasters, BBQ Brawl Flay vs Symon, Chopped (champion). Chef Lynnae Oxley is passionate about all things culinary, especially live fire cooking, teaching and inspiring other women to get into the amazing world of barbecue!
Executive Chef John Railey is based out of Louisville, Kentucky. Boasting over 29 years of professional culinary experience, Railey is a certified foodie, executive chef, Championship of World Food Judge and American Red Cross Chef Challenge winner. Railey is a member of ACF (American Culinary Federation) and Kentucky Bourbon Chefs. He is the owner of JR Enterprise Services, a personal culinary and catering contractor, and Chef’s Cut Pizzeria, the leading pizzeria in Louisville and 75th ranked pizzeria in America.
Erica Blaire Roby
Erica Blaire Roby
Erica Blaire Roby is Food Network's Master of 'Cue Champion, certified expert, attorney, award-winning cookbook author and social media influencer.