In 1992, Chris Lilly began working for the world famous Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q restaurant in Decatur, AL, founded in 1925. Lilly is Chef/Pitmaster and 4th generation partner.Lilly is head chef of Big Bob Gibson Competition Cooking Team, and winner of 16 World BBQ Championships in meat categories. He is the current Memphis in May Grand Champion and holds a record 5 MIM Grand Championships. He won the American Royal International Invitational and captured the International Jamaican BBQ Championship.
Lilly is a 2016 inductee into the Barbecue Hall of Fame. He has appeared twice at the James Beard Foundation. Lilly is a Celebrated Chef of the National Pork Board and serves as a spokesperson for Kingsford Charcoal. His private catering jobs include work for companies like Nissan, NASCAR, and Microsoft. Lilly is a proud Ambassador for Smithfield and Yeti. In 2009, Lilly authored BIG BOB GIBSON’S BBQ BOOK. In 2014, Lilly’s second book was titled FIRE & SMOKE.