John David Wheeler, Head Cook for the Natural Born Grillers BBQ Team, 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 country. 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.
John David Wheeler is a special guest of the Yak Ales Barbecue Festival in 2017.
Jim Johnson is a KCBS master barbecue teacher, and highly decorated barbecue pitmaster, having won 76 Grand Championships during his 28-year competition career. Jim has finished first in every category at four Memphis in in May contests on four occasions, and has finished in the top ten nine times. Jim has also been crowned the Whole Hog World Champion at the prestigious Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational. Jim and his wife Becky are part of the KCBS International Outreach team.
Jim Johnson is a special guest of the Yak Ales Barbecue Festival in 2017.
Adam North is a recognised meat expert, avid industry advocate, public educator, ambassador and charismatic host, amongst other things. He has a passion for quality food and wine and has always been determined to discover the ‘best of the best’ in the world.
Adam has built himself an impressive reputation in the industry. He has been successful in transforming his business, Hopkins River Beef into one of the most renowned, highly respected and award winning quality meat suppliers in Victoria. Adam was also a founding partner of Entrecote – a French inspired steakhouse that has redefined steak and frites in Melbourne – a true haven for meat lovers and a favourite ‘hot spot’ on the Melbourne scene.