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“It’s helped me create signature dishes – and take home multiple awards.”

— Lee Ann Whippen
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With nearly 20 years of experience behind the smoker, Lee Ann Whippen has been immersed in the barbecue culture for her entire life. The time spent on her grandmother’s cattle and hog farm, coupled with her father’s affinity for barbecue, proves barbecue runs deep in her blood.

Whippen began cooking competitively with her father, Jim “Trim” Tabb, and after nearly two decades, Whippen has done everything from a first-place finish at the prestigious American Royal National Championship to becominga successful restaurateur and BBQ icon. Whippen is a 17-year member of the Kansas City Barbeque Society and a KCBS Certified BBQ Judge.

BBQ Career Highlights
  • Founder of Wood Chick's BBQ Catering Company and BBQ Competition Team in 2002
  • Winner of multiple Grand Championships at BBQ competitions throughout the country
  • Opened Wood Chick's BBQ Restaurant in Chesapeake, Va. in 2004
  • Featured Pitmaster on TLC's inaugural eight-episode series "BBQ Pitmasters" in 2009, additionally featured on 2010 and 2012 seasons
  • Bested Bobby Flay in a pulled pork throwdown on the Food Network's "Throwdown with Bobby Flay"
  • Appeared on NBC's "Today" show
  • Opened upscale, urban barbecue restaurant, Chicago Q, in 2010

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