Melissa Cookston is an American chef and author. She is the chef/owner of two restaurants, the author of two cookbooks, and a seven-time world American barbecue champion.[1]


  • I will tell you this, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing children winning awards and seeing the boost in confidence they get
  • We’re for all kids, but we make a point of trying to appeal to those with special needs, and not everyone is an athlete either. But everyone can learn how to barbecue.
  • They think they’re learning about barbecue, but it’s life skills, it’s a work ethic. It’s more than barbecue.


  1. MELISSA COOKSTON, American Royal, 2017, retrieved August 17, 2017
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