EXECUTIVE CHEF – Decatur, AL
Chef Chris Lilly is one of America’s best-known barbecue pitmasters. Lilly emerged on the barbecue scene in 1992 when he began working for the world-famous Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q restaurant in Decatur, AL. Lilly is also head chef of the award-winning Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q Competition Cooking Team, and the winner of 10 World BBQ Championships, including three Memphis in May Grand Championships and eight state barbecue grand championships across the Southeast. Lilly has served as a guest chef at the James Beard Foundation and the American Institute of Wine and Food, was a presenter at the Low-Country and Caribbean Food Conference at Johnson and Wales University, and recognized as a Celebrated Chef by the National Pork Board.
NATIONAL ACCOLADES: Memphis in May World Champion 1997, 1999-2001, 2003, 2004; National Barbecue Association’s “Book of the Year” Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book 2009
BOOKS: Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book: Recipes and Secrets from a Legendary Barbecue Joint (Clarkson Potter 2009); Fire & Smoke: A Pitmaster’s Secrets (Clarkson Potter May 2014)