As a four-time world barbecue champion, Myron Mixon is the winningest man in barbecue.The chief cook of the Jack’s Old South Competition Bar-B-Que Team; the Executive Producer and host of “BBQ Rules,”host of the new show “Smoked,”and star of two other hit television shows“BBQ Pitmasters”and “BBQ Pitwars”on Discovery’s Destination America.Mixonis the author of the hugely successfulThe New York Times bestselling cookbook Smokin’ with Myron Mixon: Recipes Made Simple, from the Winningest Man in Barbecue (Random House, May 2011), Everyday Barbeque (Random House, May 2013), and the just released Myron Mixon’s BBQ Rules (Abrams, 2016).
Hailing from a background in fine dining, Chef Mike Johnson launched his culinary career under young Emeril Lagasse before heading north to develop his skills under the expertise of Chicago’s Charlie Trotter and Gabino Sotellino. Johnson then traveled to Paris to train at the prestigious Le Buisson D’Ardent, and served a stint under Belgian Master Chef Daniel Joly in Beaver Creek, Co. before bringing his culinary expertise home to St. Louis.
Today, Johnson’s the chef and owner of St Louis’ Sugarfire Smoke House, an award-winning restaurant known for its succulent brisket, pulled pork and ribs, as well as its signature sandwiches and sides that shine light on Johnson’s dynamic capacity. With six locations (and counting), Sugarfire has consistently been ranked best barbecue in St. Louis and Johnson continues to establish himself as culinary master and renowned competitor, placing 1st in the 2015 Memphis in May World Championship (seafood), 3rd in the 2014 Memphis in May World Championship (poultry), and most recently, 3rd in the 2015 World Food Championship (bacon). Furthermore, Chef Mike is thrilled to see his latest venture Hi-Pointe Drive In come to fruition as his passion pursuit of burgers. Chef Mike has been featured on a variety of national television shows, including Food Network’s BBQ, Brews & ‘Que (feat. Michael Symon), Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters, and Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay! Keep up with Chef Mike Johnson on Twitter!
John David Wheeler is one of the most award-winning BBQ cooks in the world. Among his many accomplishments, he’s a two-time winner of the overall Cooking Team of the Year award, winner of the World Grand Championship at Memphis in May, winner of three separate World Championships and over 75 Grand Championships, not to mention winning literally thousands of other awards. As co-Pitmaster of the Memphis Barbecue Company, John and his co-partner Melissa Cookston own and operate one of the hottest BBQ restaurants in the USA. Melissa is a wildly celebrated Pitmaster and multiple World Championship winner. Together, the two of them establish Memphis Barbecue Company as the only restaurant in the world to feature two World Championship Pitmasters at the helm.